Trip to Japan

Trip’s Mission: “OBSERVATION OF PRE-EXPORT INSPECTION PROGRAMME OF USED VEHICLES FOR ROAD WORTHINESS BY EAA COMPANY LTD IN JAPAN"

The Bahamas has made significant strides in the last few years towards accession to the World Trade Organization and its Technical Barriers to Trade (WTO TBT) obligations. One such prerequisite is the establishment and implementation of a national quality infrastructure, such as BBSQ, that helps to support and promote quality and safety measures and guidelines of goods and services produced or traded in The Bahamas or exported, find ready acceptance in national and international markets, and enhance consumer and environmental protection.

EAA extended the invitation to BBSQ as the national standards body of the Bahamas to conduct a field study of their facilities and also one of the major port areas located in Yokohama, Japan. This trip enabled the participants to see some of potential benefits of partnering with a facility that provides pre-inspection services of motor vehicles to major countries that import used motor vehicles.

The establishment of a private / public partnership where the EAA would assist in the training of the officers/inspectors of the respective regulatory bodies to perform similar inspection services in the Bahamas and possibly the region. Additionally, the establishment of a partnership with such a company as the EAA, can help to promote trade, enhance competitiveness of local industries and protect the health and safety of consumers within the Bahamas. The creation of credibility within the industry and increase jobs with regards to pre-inspection services within the Bahamas.

The outcome of this trip provided strong evidence to support that such a Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) program serves to keep the roads of importing countries, such as The Bahamas, free of potentially unsafe vehicles.