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Sunflower meal and cake inspection

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Sunflower meal and cake 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 sunflower meal and cake export/import operations is issued and received.

CISS GROUP provides sunflower meal and cake 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 sunflower meal and cake inspection is that this type of sunflower product is very hygroscopic and the moisture level should not exceed 11-12%, otherwise it may start to rot and generally its quality may deteriorate. It cannot be stored for more than 3 months due to the oxidation of the oil. Before storage and loading, sunflower meal should be cooled in the winter months to a temperature not exceeding + 35 ° C. During the summer months, the temperature should be no more than 5 ° C above the ambient temperature.

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

The main stages of sunflower meal and cake inspection:

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Incoming/outgoing sunflower meal and cake inspection.

It is carried out during delivery of sunflower meal and cake 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 sunflower meal and cake 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 sunflower meal and cake.

This is a visual inspection of containers and empty holds for their cleanliness and suitability for sunflower meal and cake 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 sunflower meal and cake.

During loading, the inspector controls the loading of sunflower meal and cake, confirms the gross / net weight during re-weighing; in the case of loading sunflower meal and cake 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 sunflower meal and cake quality.

We check the quality of sunflower meal and cake exclusively in GAFTA accredited laboratories in accordance with the requirements of agreed per contract standards - being local or internationals. Usually for determination of sunflower meal and cake quality the following standard parameters are used: color, odor, mass fraction of crude protein, mass fraction of crude fiber, total energy nutritional value in terms of dry matter, mass fraction of ash insoluble in hydrochloric acid, moisture content, impurity, presence of toxic elements, pest infestation or the presence of traces of infection.

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

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 sunflower meal and cake inspection, CISS GROUP provides a detailed photo report of all stages of control and inspection.


Based on the results of the sunflower meal and cake 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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