Business West works with SGS to streamline the export documentation process

Andre Ofomah
Marketing Manager - International | Business West
16th October 2019

Business West are working with SGS on a pilot project to introduce certificate of conformity referrals in e-z Cert, which will assist in simplifying the export process for export documentation customers.

E-z Cert was developed by SGS i2i Infinity in partnership with Business West and the British Chambers of Commerce. It is the first and original digital platform that allows users to complete certificates of origin online.  Throughout the years the service has been improved allowing users to get started quickly and give them a simplified process for applying for certified documents.

On the 16th October, a new function was added to e-z Cert allowing users to check whether a certificate of conformity is required for their goods when they are applying for a certificate of origin for exports to any of the following destinations:

  • Algeria
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • Ivory Coast
  • Kenya
  • Kuwait
  • Nigeria
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zanzibar


At the end of the application process for certificates of origin, a new window will appear and advise the applicant that a certificate of conformity may be required for the shipment. The user will then be able to submit an enquiry to SGS who will advise if a conformity certificate is needed and direct users to the SGS Exporter Portal to apply.

This new system will allow Business Wests customers to know their conformity requirements and help prevent delays in the shipment of goods.

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company.  SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 97,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,600 offices and laboratories around the world.

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