A document certified by a competent authority that the supplied good or service meets the required specifications and comply with the regulation of the importing country. It is a mandatory document which is necessary for Customs clearance of exports to many countries around the globe.
Many countries are apprehensive about the quality of some imported goods. To ensure the safety and wellbeing of their citizens, some countries insist that, before goods are imported, they must be inspected to ensure that they meet International standards. Consignments that meet the standards are given a Certificate of Conformity which is presented to the customs authorities in the importing country to be cleared for importation.
Unsafe and unreliable imported products can result in injury, death or damage to property. This is the reason why most countries around the world have stringent requirements in place to ensure their consumers are protected from sub-standard products and goods.
The certificate has to be obtained before shipment.
Governments have relationships with the international agencies that inspect and issue Certificates of Conformity. Some of the popular certification agencies are: