SGS Contract Renewal with the Kurdistan Standardization and Quality Control Administration.

Kurdistan Region, Republic of Iraq – SGS Mandate

SGS has renewed his contract with the Kurdistan Standardization and Quality Control Administration (KSQCA) for the provision of Pre-inspection, Testing and Certification services on products imported to Kurdistan Region in North Iraq.

SGS Société Générale de Surveillance SA, the leader in Product Conformity Assessment services has been operating this Product Conformity Assessment Program in Kurdistan Region since January 15, 2012. The program which aims to protect consumers, producers, environment, public safety and national economy from using substandard products as well as to restrict the importation of inferior, debased and fake products has just been renewed and it will start its implementation on May 16th 2014. The renewed program envisages some changes on implementation guidelines and also has duration of two years.

With this development, SGS is committed to stay and be an instrument in the development of the quality infrastructure in the Kurdistan Region which is now growing fast and it is becoming a significant trade partner in the Middle East Region.

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 80,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,6500 offices and laboratories around the world.

Kurdistan Region, Republic of Iraq – SGS Mandate

The Kurdistan Standardization and Quality Control Administration (KSQCA) has appointed SGS to implement its Product Conformity Assessment Program.

From January 15, 2012 KSQCA regulated products imported to Kurdistan must comply with National and/or approved International Standards or Technical requirements. The KSQCA has introduced the PCA Program to protect the country, consumers and local manufacturers from:
Substandard products that may endanger public health, safety or the environment
Counterfeit or unsafe products
Unfair competition from imported goods which do not comply with the approved standards

Products regulated under this program include:
Electrical and electronic products
Vehicles, tires and spare parts
Construction related products
Consumer products including cosmetics and personal hygiene
Household hardware
Textiles and footwear
Household fuel burning appliances

Similar to Iraq’s PCA Program Kurdistan’s scheme requires all cargos of regulated products entering the territory to be covered by a Certificate of Conformity.

To initiate a PCA you will need to submit the following documents to SGS:
Request for Certification (indicating the Point of Entry to Kurdistan Region)
Proforma invoice
Letter of Credit (where applicable)
Conformity documents (test reports, quality certificates, analysis reports, etc.)
Company’s Quality Management System documents (ISO 9000, ISO 22000, ISO/TS 16949, etc.).

We will verify the conformity of your documentation, organize the physical inspection of the cargo and if necessary take samples for testing. For cargos meeting the requirements the exporter will then need to supply the Final Invoice and the Transport Document (BL, CMR, AWB) to enable the Certificate of Conformity (CoC) to be issued.

SGS will perform verification at the border point of entry to the Kurdistan Region in order to authenticate the CoC, check consistency between the CoC and import documentation and to visually check the goods whenever customs opens a container.

With decades of experience managing conformity assessment programs around the world SGS offers exporters efficient and comprehensive solutions to ensure shipments conform to the Kurdistan Region’s requirements.

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