These are busy times for the grain markets, and the new season for exports from the Black Sea region has already begun. By 21 July, Russia had already exported 1 Million MT of grains. The region is reporting big harvests with good quality specifications, so it looks as though it will be a busy season.

In the Black Sea and around the world, SGS has been ramping up its testing capability and important investments with updates from Russia, Ukraine, Indonesia and the USA in this issue. Where cargo movements happen, it becomes more and more important to be able test quickly and accurately. At SGS we will continue to focus on this as we move forward. Increased testing requirements for GMO and harmful substances are other areas where SGS is responding rapidly to meet the needs of our customers, with some new key investments in our capabilities.

We continually strive to ensure that we have the necessary accreditations and approvals from regulatory authorities to be able to offer our customers effective quality control and certification of their cargoes. A recent development in the Philippines is reported in this issue. For those starting new campaigns, we wish you success for the new grain season and please don’t hesitate to contact us for assistance.

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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 80,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,650 offices and laboratories around the world.