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Inspection of ship’s cargo hold

STEPS PROCEDURE FOR THE INSPECTION OF A SHIP’S CARGO HOLD
1 – 5 Refer to Basic Requirements 
6 Ensure that the hatches are removed and secured.
7 Determine the export requirements for the commodity to be exported and the type of certification required.
8 Inspect the empty hold with special care to be taken to detect the following.

  • Insect infestations that might be in grain behind rusted metal. Remove the rust and insects and repaint.
  • Snails, in particular the giant African snail and its eggs. Snails could be dislodged from containers when offloading and still be in the hold.
  • Timber, particularly poor quality timber and dunnage. Remove and destroy it.
  • Soil that has fallen from or been washed from containers. Remove and dispose of it.
  • Collect specimens for identification.
9 Issue certification once the vessel meets the requirements. Ensure that the ship is loaded with the export cargo within any timeframe specified on the permit.
10 Complete the documentation.
11 Notify non-compliance.

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