Cargo Visual Inspection services
The objective of this service is to provide additional trust that the goods to be shipped are the same or substantially similar to those described in the order form as being the object of a transaction.
Where available, buyers and / or vendors are offered the opportunity to order a Visual Inspection of the goods after close of the sale transaction in order for the buyers and / or vendors to obtain confidence that the goods presented for inspection are the same or substantially similar to those purchased, i.e., described on the order.
1. The inspector typically performs the following operations of product visual inspection at the time of fabrication/production:
· Fabrication/Production Visual Inspection services contents:
Manufactory Audit &Workers & Engineers Ability survey
Document, Procedure, International Standards & Rules
Material & Fabrication / production inspections
Testing & Visual inspection
Trial running inspection
Packaging and shipment release inspections
This visual inspection also is performed at the time of fabrication and production determines if the characteristics of units chosen at random (chosen accordingly to the sampling plan appropriate for the product) match those which were declared on the purchase order’s product description, product specification and features.
Checks may also be made on packing, marking and labeling. Product marking and packing details are checked to confirm that the goods are to be shipped in suitable packaging for the transit. The inspector will check manufacture dates, batch numbers, expiry dates (when these details are available), shipping marks, packing lists, supplier certificates and labels.
Product characteristics or quality parameters that cannot be visually verified, e.g., steel grade, will be confirmed when the vendor supplies documentary evidence. Unless otherwise stated, at no time will such documentary evidence imply AIM Control approval of documents.
2. The inspector typically performs the following operations of cargo visual inspection at the time of loading/discharging:
The object of this service is to establish that goods are loaded into carriers in sound condition and are properly stowed for safe transport.
The service is applicable for all goods that are subject to damage or weight loss because of improper handling or stowage.
· Inspect carriers to verify suitability for receiving the intended cargo; check cleanliness, dryness, ventilation, cargo separation, etc.
· Report markings, type packing (bulk, cartons/drums, etc.) and, if practical, count; check with vessel to see if a clean Mate Receipt was granted
· Report how and when goods were loaded and exact location (stowage) in receiving carrier; discuss with vessel matters of stability, angle of repose, flow moisture point, shifting boards, etc.
· Report type, name and/or number of receiving carrier and where goods were located prior to loading
· Immediately report from the job site to the appropriate office any abnormalities such as damage, loss of material, improper stowing, delays in loading, etc.; cameras may be used to document the circumstances
· Maintain a time log which should include time and date of loading, loading delays and reason for delays, description of loading gear/apparatus, weather conditions, rainfall, dust suppression, wind-waste, remainder on wharf, etc.
· If goods were inspected previously, verify that AIM Control markings are affixed and include these markings in the report (bagged/packed goods)
· Report arrival and departure dates of carrier
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