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Procurement agencies in Africa / Pre-shipment inspection companies

Procurement agencies in Africa

Procurement agencies are companies that purchase eye care equipment, technologies and supplies and supply them to government and non-governmental institutions. 

Joint Medical Stores, Uganda.  
Plot 1828 Gongonya Rd, PO Box 4501 Kampala.
Tel +256 (0)414510096 or toll free (Uganda only): 0800 123124.

Missions for Essential Drugs, Kenya.  
PO Box 78040–00507, Viwandani, Nairobi Tel +254 (0)203920102.

Action Medeor, Tanzania
PO Box 72305, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Tel +255 (0)222863136.

Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services, Cameroon.
Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Board, PO Box 1 Bamenda, North West Province, Cameroon. Tel: +237 (0)77964683.

Pre-shipment inspection companies

A few countries require a physical inspection of the eye care equipment and supplies before shipment, called a pre-shipment inspection (PSI). This must be done by an independent inspection company which checks the goods and verifies the prices, quantities, and quality, as well as the terms of the contract, before permission to import can be granted. If you are placing a large order, it is worth commissioning a PSI as it could well speed up clearance on arrival, but it will increase the cost by about 2-3 % of the order. Below are links to the three largest PSI companies.