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GAFTA Surveyors & FOSFA Superintendants - Inspection Services

As a GAFTA or FOSFA member, you need to be sure that the commodity cargoes and shipments you receive exactly matches the specifications of the consignment you ordered. But if you don’t appoint a reputable, internationally recognised inspection specialist to supervise loading and discharge, how do you know that your cargo is in good order – correctly weighed and free of contamination – and the vessel is ship worthy?

Alex Stewart Agriculture’s experienced GAFTA and FOSFA approved cargo inspectors, cargo surveyors, cargo superintendents and cargo supervisors are present to carry out qualitative and quantitative sampling during all phases of goods transportation. Alex Stewart Agriculture’s cargo surveyors and superintendents ensure that your GAFTA and FOSFA contractual specifications are carried out and protect you from unnecessary financial claims.

Alex Stewart Agriculture’s inspection team ensure that you can be confident that the quality, weighing and sampling of your product will be supervised and verified with professional care and attention, from the load port to the final destination, whether by draft survey, weighbridge, monitoring or truck reconciliation.

Supervision, inspection and sampling strictly adhere to standard operating procedures and are all carried out according to GAFTA and FOSFA contracts and their standards. Inspectors and cargo surveyors are present for the entire duration of supervision. By following correct sampling methods thoroughly and methodically, they assure that the quality of the samples is homogenous and representative of the cargo as a whole. Inspections and Analysis Video.


Inspection Risk Management (IRM) is a value added GAFTA regulated inspection service that helps to control the inherent risks associated with the bulk shipment of cargoes between major ports.

Alex Stewart Agriculture’s IRM service can guarantee customers a total line of quality management inspection, supervision and analysis throughout the shipment process – in other words, from the initial classification of crops to the final delivery report. 

Alex Stewart’s inspectors will be present throughout both loading and discharge to supervise operations, detect inferior quality cargo and ensure that correct procedures are being adopted to prevent your consignment from discrepancies, contamination or damage. Letters of Protest can be issued upon request. Digital photographs can also be taken on demand to provide visual evidence of the material’s quality and cargo operations. A detailed report will be produced and sent to you by fax or email as soon as the work has been completed.  



Alex Stewart Agriculture provide reliable pre-shipment inspection services for both quality and quantity and with specific regard to our clients’ procurement supply chain for bulk soft commodities, it would include traceability elements such as farm audits, crop monitoring, produce classification, agro-chemicals including fertilisers, stock monitoring and weigh bridge control.

We provide physical and visual inspection of goods prior or post shipment to establish that imported and exported goods and their invoice value, tariff code and customs duty all conform to specification and correspond to packing lists so that they are able to clear through customs authorities in any given country. PSI prevents over-invoicing and assists customs in the collection of correct duties.

Pre-shipment Inspection (PSI) and analysis services include checking that the product is within specification and fit for intended use, assessment and inspection of quality control processes, witnessing in house tests, packaging-reporting services – checking labelling and documentation, weight verification – gross, tare & net, bagging supervision – checking bag strength and durability.

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