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Cotecna integrates Elite Inspection in Philippines


Press Release
Geneva, 29 April, 2014

Cotecna, one of the world’s leading inspection, testing and certification companies, is pleased to announce the integration of Elite Inspection & Technical Services, Inc. (EITSI), Philippines, a respected local company in the field of inspection with expertise in various commodities including coal/mineral ores, petroleum products, steel/steel products, agri commodities, chemicals and other products.

EITSI, a privately owned company, was founded in 1982 and has five offices throughout the country in Alabang, Makati, Cebu, Batangas, and Bataan. The company has a workforce of 85 employees. With one of the biggest teams of qualified marine cargo surveyors and engineers of any non-government organization in the Philippines, EITSI offers a wide range of services including marine/cargo surveying, inspection of goods for import or export, port superintendence, product sampling, and survey/supervision of ship-to-ship product transfer.

Robert Massey, Cotecna’s Chief Executive Officer, said; “The integration of EITSI into the Cotecna group will further bolster our capabilities and expertise in a fast growing and strategic market of commodities. Whilst reinforcing our presence in the Philippines, an important country, this integration will increase the range of services the Cotecna group offers its clients”.

Antonio C. Ortigas, Director of EITSI, expressed confidence that the integration into Cotecna will provide exciting possibilities for further expansion and development of services in the Philippines.

Cotecna Corporate Press
Alison Bourgeois
Vice President Corporate Communications
+41 22 849 78 23

About Cotecna
Founded in Switzerland in 1974, the Cotecna group offers a wide range of Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC) services. Cotecna is a pioneer in areas such as risk management, destination inspection and scanner integration projects for Customs administrations. Cotecna verifies contractual compliance for a wide range of commodities and consumer goods and also provides trade finance services for lenders and financiers. The Cotecna Group has a combined workforce of about 4,000 employees and agents in close to 100 offices.

Elite Inspections & Technical Services, Inc. (EITSI) was established in 1982 and provides a full service of superintendence, inspection and marine surveys on a wide range of materials and commodities in all major port areas of the Philippines. It employs one of the biggest teams of qualified marine cargo surveyors and engineers of any non-government organization in the Philippines. For more information please visit www.eliteinspect.ph

Cotecna Philippines accredited as Bulk & Break Bulk surveyor


Press Release
Philippines, 15 December, 2009

On November 16, 2009 Cotecna Inspection SA, Philippines received accreditation from the Committee for Accreditation of Cargo Surveying Companies (CACSC), as a bulk and break bulk surveyor for cargo entering the Philippines. Cotecna is the first company to have complied with the requirements set by the Philippine government under their Administrative Order (AO) 243-A stating that, effective January 4 2010, all bulk and break-bulk cargo entering the Philippines must be inspected by accredited surveying companies at their port of origin.

The objective of this AO is aimed at streamlining import procedures for bulk and break-bulk cargo imports. As an accredited surveyor, Cotecna is required to issue a report on the quantity, grade, etc. of all cargo shipments bound for the Philippines.

The importer complying with this procedure is able to file entries for the imported goods and pay duties, taxes and other fees at the pre-shipment stage. Confirmation of this procedure will permit the importer to rapidly clear Customs upon arrival.