How to Export Pressure Equipment Around the World

How to Export Pressure Equipment Around the World

Explaining the standards governing pressure equipment sales in the United Kingdom, European Union, India, and Korea

Explaining the standards governing pressure equipment sales in the United Kingdom, European Union, India, and Korea

Global Pressure Equipment Requirements

Standards and laws pertaining to pressure equipment and vessels vary around the world. With contents under pressure, the laws are designed to keep workers safe, prevent fires and explosions, and minimize accidents.

Exporting equipment to foreign markets means adhering to local regulations. Here is a brief breakdown:

United Kingdom – UKCA

Explaining the standards governing pressure equipment sales in the United Kingdom, European Union, India, and KoreaThe UKCA marking (UK Conformity Assessed marking) on the basis of the Pressure Equipment (Safety) Regulation (PE(S)R or PER) will be required on all pressure equipment exported to the UK market on or after Jan 1, 2023. Until then the CE marking is acceptable. The standards are very similar but over time, expected to differ. UKCA applies to products requiring mandatory approved body conformity assessments and products which can be self-declared.

The UKCA deadline is fast approaching! As an approved body for UK pressure equipment, TÜV SÜD can guide you through the entire process and provide certificates. Contact us to learn more.

European Union – CE

Translated into English as “European Conformity” the CE certification indicates that products can be safely sold into the European Union. In some cases, products can be tested by the manufacturer. In other cases, they must be assessed by a notified body like TÜV SÜD.

The European Pressure Equipment Directive (PED) 2014/68/EU provides mandatory guidance for pressure equipment with a maximum allowable pressure above 0.5 bar or 7.25 psig. It covers pressure equipment like pressure vessels, pressure accessories, piping, steam boilers, safety accessories and assemblies.

India – Indian Boiler Regulations (IBR)

Indian Boiler Regulations (IBR) were developed by the Central Boilers Board and regulate boiler materials, construction, inspections, and testing. The Indian government mandates that any material manufacturer or component manufacturer of boilers, mountings, fittings, valves, and other parts must comply with the Indian Boiler Regulation 1950 to export those products to India.


There are three different authorities in Korea responsible for pressure equipment. They have their own certification scopes and procedures. It is very important to investigate which authority is responsible from the beginning of your compliance process. Required data includes the type of pressure equipment, design pressure, design temperature, internal volume, internal diameter and internal fluid. Here is a brief explanation of the procedures.

KOSHA – Design examination and final inspection by trained engineers like TÜV SÜD. KOSHA will review inspection documents.

KGS – Factory approval is required before manufacturing starts. KGS auditors will perform a factory audit. Expected time for factory approval is approximately six months.

KEA – Will perform a design examination, welding inspection and pressure test. KEA will visit manufacturer twice for certification.


TÜV SÜD is a Notified and an Approved Body and offers assessment and certification services to ensure clients meet pressure equipment export requirements. Our technical experts ensure that your pressure equipment products comply with local codes and regulations, permitting you to sell into those markets while avoiding jurisdictional delays.

TÜV SÜD offers pre-compliance support roundtables to help you understand and comply with export rules in various countries. We also offer services to help global supply chain compliance, supply chain audits, and business continuity planning.

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