The export inspection of logs, timber or horticultural products is undertaken by registered inspectors in the log/timber yard or on the wharf prior to loading. Inspections are carried out according to the Importing Countries Phytosanitary Requirements (ICPR), to check for various forms of fungi, insect damage and other contaminants. An inspection report is completed to confirm the consignment is compliant with all exporting requirements. Sometimes, a Post Inspection Product Security (PIPS) check is also needed before the Phytosanitary certificate can be issued and export clearance approved.
Inspection is the first step in the export clearance approval process.