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Understanding South Sudan’s New Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) Program

15 Jun, 2022

Since May 1, 2021, the Republic of South Sudan has required importers of goods to present a valid certificate of conformity (CoC) at the port of entry for consignment clearance. On December 14, 2020, SGS signed a five-year contract with the South Sudan National Bureau of Standards (SSNBS) to provide pre-export verification of conformity (PVoC) services.

The program covers all products being imported into South Sudan with a value above USD 2,000 and applies to all countries.


  • Ensure product quality
  • Protect consumer health/safety
  • Protect the environment
  • Facilitate trade by ensuring that compliant goods are given expedited clearance at entry points
  • Safeguard against unfair trading practices and the dumping of sub-standard goods into the market
  • Safeguard national security
  • Prevent deceptive trade practices

Take the Opportunity Now

Exporters and importers have an excellent opportunity to participate in the growth of the youngest nation in the world through trade.

South Sudan gained independence in 2011 after several years of civil war and in 2016 it joined the East African Community (EAC). 72% of the population is below the age of thirty and 83% of the population lives in the rural areas. This is a country with a huge appetite and potential for growth.

Exporters looking to trade with the Republic of South Sudan must submit their application for inspection through the SGS Exporter Portal.

SGS Guidance

Depending on the nature of the goods and the level of quality compliance, there are three certification routes available to exporters – Routes A, B and C.

ROUTE A – applicable to trade parties of products imported into South Sudan, who do not have regular shipments or who export products identified as high risk.

ROUTE B (Registration) – a fast-tracked route that is applicable to suppliers/manufacturers with a valid quality management system and who frequently ship goods to South Sudan and which are homogenous in nature. Registration is renewable annually, subject to consistent compliance.

ROUTE C (Licensing) – this process entails licensing. It is a fast-track option offered to manufacturers with a valid quality management system in place, who regularly import homogenous goods into South Sudan and can be issued following proven conformity to relevant standards. The license is renewable annually, subject to consistent compliance.

NOTE: Application MUST be placed and the inspection performed prior to the consignment leaving the country of origin.

Shipping with a Valid CoC

On December 18, 2021, the Ministry of Trade and Industry issued Ministerial Order No: 18/2021. This revised the penalty for goods arriving at a South Sudanese port of entry without a valid CoC from 15% to 40% of the cost, insurance and freight (CIF) value.

Importers who repeatedly attempt to import goods without a valid CoC will have their import license withdrawn and further legal action will be taken in accordance with relevant laws.

Learn more about South Sudan – Conformity Assessment Program.

This article can also be found in our PCA Newsletter (Q2/2022) – keeping you up to date with developments in technical barriers to trade and product conformity assessment.

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