Haiti – new compliance verification program

Internationalization

On September 22nd, 2020, the Pre-Shipment Compliance Verification Program (PVC) entered into force for goods destined for Haiti with the objective of guaranteeing the quality of the products as well as the protection of the health, safety and environment of Haiti's consumers.

The purpose of the new program is to verify the conformity of products subject to control according to Haitian standards or other international standards and technical regulations.

All imports of products subject to Product Conformity Verification (PVC) must be accompanied by:

 

– Product Verification of Conformity: A Certificate of Conformity (CoC) that attests the conformity of the goods to local and/or international standards.

To obtain evidence that all requirements are met in accordance with applicable standards or technical requirements, the goods must undergo one or a combination of the following verification process:

  1. a) Physical inspection, laboratory testing by accredited laboratories, such as Centrocot, ISO / IEC 17025,
  2. b) Factory audit ,
  3. c) Documentary verification.

 

– Verification of Value: Evaluation Report (VR) that express an opinion on the value of the transaction that consists in the review by the authorized Institute of the documents presented by the Exporter for the verification of completeness; risk assessment and verification of the various elements of the transaction to establish an opinion on the value of the goods.

 

Both documents, which must be issued by an Institute authorized by the Haitian authorities, are necessary for the customs clearance of the goods in Haiti.

 

All types of products are subject to the Conformity Verification Program (PVC) with the exception of those listed below:

-Personal and household effects.

-Precious stones and precious metals.

-Objects of Art.

-Explosives and pyrotechnic articles.

-Munitions, weapons and war instruments.

-live animals.

-Days and periodicals.

-Postal parcels and commercial samples.

-Donations offered by foreign governments or international organizations, foundations, charities and recognized humanitarian organizations, to the Haitian administration.

-Donations and supplies to diplomatic and consular missions, to organizations dependent on the United Nations.

-Fuel.

-Temporary importation, with suspension of duties and taxes, to be processed in Haiti and subsequently re-exported (inward processing).

-Products imported under the temporary import regime, which provides for goods suspended from duties and taxes for a certain period and re-exported by the State after a certain use.

 

To facilitate the implementation and transition phase, the Haitian customs authorities are available to assist the Exporter or Importer who currently have their goods in transit.

 

Centrocot, in collaboration with one of the institutions authorized by the Haitian authorities, can perform the tests required for the issue of the Certificate of Conformity.

 

For information please contact Patrizia Lombardini and Barbara Albertini of the International Technical Department: patrizia.lombardini@centrocot.it; barbara.albertini@centrocot.it.

Author: Barbara Albertini

International Technical Dept.