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SGS is the world’s leading provider of cargo and vessel inspection services to buyers and sellers involved in the movement of goods worldwide.

SGS’s inspections of ships, barges, trains, etc ensure that the condition of the carrier is suitable for the shipment of your cargo.  We identify any problems that might affect the cargo during shipment and ensure they are addressed before it is too late.  Our inspectors also represent you during loading and unloading. They also conduct inspections of various vessel conditions and do visual inspections to verify that the cargo being shipped is that described on the order form. 

In addition to verifying that the condition of the carrier is appropriate, SGS offers complete cargo inspections before, during and after shipment. Reliable and independent weight, quantity and quality inspections ensure the contractual compliance of your shipments. SGS cargo inspections are conducted for producers, traders and blenders and accurately verify the weight and quantity of shipments at ports and inland trans-shipment points. 

Whether you are buying or selling, the inspection certificate or report provided by an independent SGS inspector upon completion of the shipment inspection assures you an honest, accurate assessment of your commodity and the vessel. 

SGS’ commercial cargo services include:

  • Cargo Tally Verification
  • Draft Surveys
  • Loss Prevention
  • Stockpile Inventory Measurement
  • Rust Evaluation
  • Belt Scales and Hopper Scales
  • Repack of dangerous waste & products

SGS’ commercial carrier inspection services include:

  • Loading Master / On – Off Hires
  • Hold and Hatch Inspections
  • Visual Inspections
  • Bunker and Conditional Surveys
  • Biotic Indices & Ballast Water Sampling

SGS has earned a worldwide reputation for accurate and ethical cargo and vessel services. Even if you cannot be at the load port or the discharge port to meet your cargo, you can trust SGS to honestly and fairly represent your interests.

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