• 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

Food exporters and importers

Scientific Advice for Food Exporters, Importers and Shipping Lines

Cargo Inspection Service offers technical and scientific advice for exporters, importers and shipping lines regarding the optimal quality/condition required for the marine transportation of foods.  Our service includes advice regarding the best methods of packaging, palletization and stowage; temperature monitoring during stuffing or stripping reefer/dry containers. Also, in the special preparation of containers/holds for cargo transportation in order to prevent or mitigate condensation damage in transit and infestation claims.

Also, Cargo Inspection Service offers pre-shipment inspection services for exportation products and surveys of importation products, evaluating and supervising the following aspects:

      • Physical evaluation of the unit:

Preparation and cleaning.
Infestation check.
Review of PTI (Pre-trip Inspection) label and the cargo label (refrigerated cargo).
Review of refrigerated cargo parameters (set point, evaporator defrost interval, air exchange, relative humidity, gas composition with controlled atmospheres).

      • Product condition (ripening, presence of diseases, physiological disorders and defects in fruits and vegetables) according to  statistical sampling methods.
      • Cargo sampling for laboratory analysis  if required. Sealing, identification, custody and traceability of the samples to be delivered to a local laboratory (upon request).
      • Presence of defective packaging: torn, stained, deformed, beaten, poorly closed.
      • Product temperature statistics at the moment of stuffing or stripping.
      • Evaluation of packaging, palletizing, stowing and lashing in containers and their incidence in air flow within the unit (reefers).
      • Revision of Quantity Parameters: type, number of packages, weights and marks according to the packing list.
      • Stuffing log and facts including precipitations, ambient temperature and air relative humidity.
      • Photographic/audiovisual record of the container stuffing/stripping process.

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