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Palm oil inspection

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Palm oil and its fractions 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 palm oil and its fractionsexport/import operations is issued and received.

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

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The distinctiveness of palm oil and its fractions inspection is the control of such indicators as anisidine and epoxy (oxirane) number. These indicators tell about the history of extraction and refining of the resulting oils and their fractions and predict their future antioxidant resistance. Thus, during the production and purification of oils in improper conditions, compounds with peroxide groups accumulate in them. However, during deodorization, the peroxide number drops to very low values. This creates new oxygen-containing compounds. Such compounds not only significantly impair the organoleptic characteristics of the oil, but also shorten the shelf life of oils and fats. Both carbonyl-containing compounds and compounds with an epoxy group are toxic and should be limited for food safety reasons. At present, the content of epoxy-containing compounds can be regulated by the contractual terms.

FOSFA-accredited inspectors and laboratory technicians from CISS GROUP carry out palm oil and its fractions inspection at any point of the supply chain.

The main stages of palm oil and its fractions inspection:

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Incoming/outgoing palm oil and its fractions inspection.

It is carried out during delivery of palm oil and its fractions to tanks or to a port, or when importing / exporting from factories' warehouses. The CISS GROUP inspector will visually assess the condition of the containers for the suitability to store the cargo; will check the compliance of the cargo and packaging with the transportation conditions; the compliance of the labeling with the specifications and the compliance of the goods with the cargo (accompanying) documents and technical specification of the contracts. If palm oil and its fractions is transported in a container, the inspector will check the its, fixing all damages and compliance of the container and its internal packaging with the requirements of contracts. If required samples will be taken for technical and chemical analyzes in FOSFA-authorized - accredited laboratories.

Acceptance of cleanliness containers / holds of vessels before loading palm oil and its fractions.

It is a visual inspection of containers or empty holds for their cleanliness and suitability for the carriage of palm oil and its fractions. The inspector thoroughly inspects their internal surfaces, controls the position of flexi-tanks (if such are used) in containers, checks the integrity and performance of locks and hinges, rubber seals for container doors and hold covers.

Visual control of the loading process and sampling of palm oil and its fractions.

During loading, the inspector controls the loading of palm oil and its fractions, calculates the gross / net weight during reloading; in the case of loading palm oil and its fractions into the holds - the initial, intermediate and final check of the weight of the loaded cargo using the draft survey method can be performed. Additionally attending inspector conducts a visual assessment of the quality of the cargo, takes samples in accordance with the FOSFA sampling rules and forms composite samples. During loading, the inspector regularly checks pipes, valves, pumps and other equipment to detect possible leaks or contamination. 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 palm oil and its fractions quality.

We check the quality of palm oil and its fractions exclusively in FOSFA accredited laboratories in accordance with the requirements of existing international standards. The determined standard indicators of the quality of palm oil and its fractions include organoleptic indicators such as smell, color, transparency, taste and laboratory tests as color number, acid number, anisidine and epoxy (oxirane) number, content of low molecular weight fatty acids, mass fraction of palmitic acid, mass fraction of non-fatty impurities, mass fraction of moisture and volatile substances, flash point of extraction oils, peroxide value, determination of erucic acid.

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

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 palm oil and its fractions inspection, CISS GROUP provides a detailed photo report of all stages of control and inspection.


Based on the results of the palm oil and its fractions 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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