• Consultants on marine transportation of foods. Food scientists and engineers. Cargo surveyors. From New Jersey, U. S. A. and Valencia, Spain
  • Specialized consultants and cargo surveyors with more than 40 years of experience in damage surveys and claim investigations
  • Investigation of damage to food cargoes in reefer and dry containers: temperature records, ventilation, delays, product condition, packaging, stuffing, stripping and cargo transfer.
  • Reefer and dry containers: supervision of stuffing and stripping operations.
  • Evaluation of the cause of damages occurred during storage and transportation of grains, cocoa, coffee, oil-seeds, fertilizers, sugar and other dry cargo.
  • Scientific consultants in legal cases. Critical review and analysis of documentation and evidence gathered. Expert evidence for litigation.  
  • Surveys and analysis of damage during transportation of fresh and frozen foods in reefer containers: bananas, avocados, stone fruits, apples, pears, grapes, meats, fish, seafood....
  • On-line training courses and e-Books on maritime transportation of foods

Containers: supervision of stuffing and stripping operations

Cargo Inspection Service offers pre-shipment inspection services for exportation and importation products in reefer and dry containers , evaluating and supervising the following aspects:

      • Visual inspection of containers (reefer and dry):

Unit physical evaluation.
Preparation and cleaning.
Infestation check.
Review of PTI (Pre-trip Inspection) label and the cargo label (refrigerated cargo).
Review of refrigerated cargo parameters (temperature set point, evaporator defrost interval, air exchange, relative humidity, gas composition with controlled/modified atmosphere units).

      • Product appearance and visual condition.
      • Evaluation of quality parameters for fruits and vegetables (ripening, diseases, physiological disorders and defects).
      • In place quick physical and chemical analysis using rapid methods and equipment (moisture, size, texture, upon request).
      • Cargo sampling for laboratory analysis according to statistical sampling methods. Sealing, identification, preservation and custody of samples for delivery to a local laboratory (upon request of the client).
      • Detection of defective packaging: units torn, stained, deformed, beaten, with defective sealing.
      • Product temperature statistics at the moment of stuffing or stripping.
      • Evaluation of packaging, palletizing, stowage and lashing in containers and their incidence with air flow within the unit (reefers).
      • Revision of quantity parameters: type, number of packages, weights and marks according to the packing list.
      • Checking compliance with the maximum payload of the container.
      • Stuffing log and facts including precipitations, ambient temperature and air relative humidity.
      • Revision of placement of security seal.
      • Audiovisual or photographic record of the stuffing/stripping process.

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