What is Intertek Inspection?

What is Intertek Inspection?

What is Intertek Inspection?


Japan is the source of the automobile industry. The popularity of Japanese vehicles is confined not only to Japan, but around the globe. Large number of vehicles are manufactured and exported from Japan every year. Japan is also known for exportation of used vehicles. But, in order to import a used vehicle in a country, it is necessary to match up with the standards of the nation.


There are many organizations that perform inspection on used vehicles prior to their importation to check any sort of faults. One such organization is Intertek. Intertek is a product testing and Certification Company that provides pre-shipment inspection of vehicles imported. The company headquartered in London, is the largest tester of consumer goods in the world and has a network of more than thousand laboratories across around hundred countries. In some countries like Mozambique, Philippines, and Uzbekistan, Intertek inspection is mandatory.


Process of Inspection:

  • Before shipping, Vehicle export country will carry out a physical inspection of goods, establishing the exact nature of the goods.
  • The invoice and other documents are then scrutinized, and then an accurate valuation, and customs tariff code, is assigned. These are used, in conjunction with the client country’s published duty rates, to calculate the correct duties and taxes payable.
  • An Intertek certificate is issued to the used vehicle importer. This is used to substantiate the payment of full duty, before the clearing of goods.


All Japanese used vehicles imported to countries like Mozambique, Philippines, and Uzbekistan requires an Intertek inspection. An inspection number is given when the vehicle goes through inspection. Without Intertek inspection, the vehicle will not clear through Customs and will then require an inspection at the destination.


Process of Applying for Intertek inspection:

  1. Pre Advice Form (PAF): Fill the PAF that will have the shipping details along with the Proforma Invoice and Model I2. If applicable, Duty and/or Taxes reduction/exemption Document should also be included.
  2. Clearing Deficit: After the submission of PAF is done, the Intertek will look for deficits and errors. Until the vehicle match up with the standards of the Country, importation of the vehicle is not done. In worst scenario, a Non Negotiable Report of Finding (NNRF) is issued by Intertek that prevents the clearance of the vehicle on the port.



This Destination Inspection (DI) will take place at the Customs clearance point and the full costs of a pre-shipment inspection payable. In addition a fine equal to 10% of the CIF value will be imposed, determined by Intertek for Customs purposes. Intertek’s inspection services help to remove faults of vehicle, reduce customer’s complaints. The organization ensures buyers that the quality of the vehicle is same as described by the used vehicle exporter. Thus reduces customer’s risk


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