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Sorghum inspection

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Sorghum inspection is a process of quality control of goods at different stages of logistic chain, which minimizes major trade risks related to the likelihood of cargo delivered or received not according to agreed specification, not being supplied in agreed quantity or incomplete set of accompanying documents agreed between parties for sorghum export/import operations is issued and received.

CISS GROUP provides sorghum inspection services to large agribusinesses and international trading companies in intermediate storage warehouses, elevators, factories or ports around the world.

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The distinctiveness of sorghum inspection is that this crop is heavily bushy and as as a result, on the main stem, sorghum grain can have a moisture content of 13-15% when ripe, while on its ramps it is 25-35%. The grain harvested with such moisture can become moldy in short period - a day or two - and loses may occur for sowing as well as for fodder qualities. Traders often require grain moisture content not to exceed 14%. According to required standard conditions, the harvested and supplied sorghum grain should be in a healthy, non-heating (ventilated) state, have normal color characteristic of a healthy grain - typical for this type and smell - and free of malt, moldy and foreign odor.

GAFTA-accredited inspectors and laboratory technicians from CISS GROUP carry out sorghum inspection at any point of the supply chain.

The main stages of sorghum inspection:

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Incoming/outgoing sorghum inspection.

It is carried out during delivery of sorghum to silos or to a port, or at releasing it from factory/silo warehouses. The CISS GROUP inspector will visually assess the condition of the premises for the suitability for cargo storage; will check the cargo itself so that it is dry, not mixed with other cargo, not damp or wet, free from pests, foreign matter, weeds, mold or foreign odors. If sorghum is delivered in bags, the inspector will inspect them for traces of soaking, and if agreed, will perform the selected bag opening for sampling purpose and further visual check of cargo quality.

Acceptance of cleanliness containers / holds of vessels before loading sorghum.

This is a visual inspection of containers and empty holds for their cleanliness and suitability for sorghum transportation. The inspector carefully examines their internal surfaces, checks the integrity and condition of locks, hinges and other fasteners on the container doors, rubber seals for container doors and hold covers.

Visual control of the loading process and sampling of sorghum.

During loading, the inspector controls the loading of sorghum, confirms the gross / net weight during re-weighing; in the case of loading sorghum into the holds - the initial, intermediate and final check of the weight of the loaded cargo by the draft survey method, controls the fumigation process; conducts a visual assessment of the quality of the cargo, takes samples in accordance with GAFTA sampling rules, forms composite samples. At the end of the loading, the inspector will seal the loaded containers or holds. He enters all the data into reports to which the client gets direct access. Note that the CISS GROUP loading inspection and sampling can be carried out around the clock on 24/7 basis.

Laboratory analyzes of sorghum quality.

We check the quality of sorghum exclusively in GAFTA accredited laboratories in accordance with the requirements of agreed per contract local or international standards. Usually for determination of sorghum quality the following standard parameters are used: color, smell, grain calibration, moisture content, grain admixture, pest infestation, presence of weedy and moldy grains.

In addition to basic analyzes, laboratory tests are carried out for the presence of pesticides, mycotoxins, GMO, dioxins, heavy metals and radioactive elements in sorghum.

At the request of the client, during the loading process we also carry out express analyzes for each pre determined lot.

Photo and video report.

The inspector records each stage of the inspection with photos and videos. All such data contain the date and time of recorded stage of inspection. At the end of the sorghum inspection, CISS GROUP provides a detailed photo report of all stages of control and inspection.


Based on the results of the sorghum inspection the final certificate or reports are issued. The client can check the authenticity of the documents using a unique QR code, which is the "key" to the CISS GROUP website, where pdf versions of certificates are stored. Our certificates are protected with a digital cryptographic signature, which also guarantees their reliability and security.

Digitally signed certificates are often required by banks to verify the integrity of trading process when financing trade operations in the form of a letter of credit.

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