Our verification of conformity service helps ensure that shipments conform to local importing standards in order to be cleared at destination.

Cotecna runs a series of verification of conformity programmes. Each is designed to ensure that the quality and safety regulations of an importing country are met, thereby protecting consumers and the environment while at the same time building a business’s reputation.

Our commitment to our clients is clear. We issue a Certificate of Conformity (COC) as quickly as possible to guarantee the quality and safety of a shipment, and ensure its smooth clearance through customs.

We assess conformity before a shipment sets sail, from diligent verification of documentation and sample collection for laboratory analysis to physical inspections of goods.

Our teams are on the ground, ready and able to guide a client through local procedures, quickly, accurately and with maximum efficiency.

Once conformity is established, we issue the Certificate of Conformity mandated by the government of the importing country. This certificate prevents the shipment from being rejected and allows importers to clear their goods.

Conformity Assessment Programmes

Benefits

Our programmes provide numerous advantages for both Governments as well as exporters and importers.

For Governments, we help to:

  • Eliminate customs bottlenecks in importing country
  • Reduce storage issues at ports
  • Guarantee all imported products are compliant with international and local standards
  • Reinforce consumer safety
  • Build local customs competencies through training and capacity building programmes
  • Ensure conformity with WTO Technical Barriers to Trade agreement

For Exporters / Importers, we help to:

  • Provide faster customs clearance
  • Reduce need for local laboratory analysis or additional testing
  • Offer better consumer protection against dangerous, substandard or counterfeit products
  • Protect local industry from unfair competition due to poor quality imports

Request a Certification

To learn more about our verification of conformity programmes, or to request a Certificate of Conformity (COC) for your shipment, please contact us. Alternatively, to contact your local Cotecna office directly, please consult our VOC contact list.

Please note that to receive a quote you will need to have at least the following export documents ready:

  • RFC (Request for Certification)
  • Proforma or commercial invoice