The supervision of cargo movements - measuring both the quantities involved and the quality of each parcel - remains a basic trade requirement in business. However, the methodologies and techniques in use have developed over the years. Effective loss control and the preservation of cargo quality using standard trade methodologies alongside our innovative procedures, local knowledge and technical support is the primary goal of this service set.
Trade inspection services from a world leader
We continue to develop innovative methodologies to allow measurements to be made and validated and to allow trade facilitation, while at the same time complying with a changed environment and the various technologies in use around the world.
In a world where trade is always dynamic, we help you to make your trade a success. Our global network has been working to monitor and facilitate trade for many decades, setting the standard in inspection and analysis.
In the agricultural sector the importance of food/feed safety has remained paramount and a critical requirement to all parties. Our trade inspection services comply with the basic GAFTA, FOSFA and PORAM guidelines, as well as local trade standards, practices and requirements. Our field staff are all trained to meet the industry standards and regulations as they are applied to the measurement and sampling operations at a local level.
Our trade inspection services include:
- Cleanliness inspections
- Damage survey
- Draft survey
- On site grading
- Loading and discharge supervision
- Metering services
- Tank calibration
- Inspection for contractual purposes (e.g. FOSFA, GAFTA)
Our experts sit on industry standards bodies helping to develop, update and amend industry norms with trade bodies such as GAFTA, FOSFA, PORAM and federations and associations such as ICA, Nut and Dried Fruit Association.
Find out how SGS can support the smooth running of your operations.