Export Inspections: Need of the Hour

Vikas N, General Manager- Inspections, SMS lab Services Pvt. Ltd.In the recent past, India has emerged as a Trusted Export market in Global Food trade. Buyers around the globe have trusted the Indian Products, its quality and the commitment of Indian Food Producers. Moreover, the Govt.’s support to the Exporter’s has resulted in rapid growth of shipments through various Indian ports. A few international markets such as the US, Vietnam, Taiwan, Bangladesh, China and UAE has been identified as the biggest importers as well as the potential markets for Indian export trade business.

There are multiple factors that have influenced the growth of Indian Food & Agri sector. Some of them include:

.Govt Support& Subsidies
.Increased Support& Consumption Rates
.Private Participation in the Agricultural sector and organic farming
.Use of Information Technology

Importance of Export or Import Inspections
Buyers operating from across the nations holds the notion that the foreign countries are not able to come and see their shipments every time. For this, they need a third party inspection body support to take care of their shipment and the quality of the product. Generally, the nominated inspection body by the buyer will be mentioned in the contract between the Exporter and the buyer. Due to the rapid growth of the Indian TIC(Testing, Inspection, and Certification) market, there has also been a huge demand for the increased Testing and Inspection Requirements from various buyers across the Globe. In the current scenario, it is almost considered to be mandatory for shipments.

Inspection Process
Once the cargo is ready for shipment, the exporter can get in touch with the appointed inspection body. For the Pre-shipment Inspection, the trained inspector in the particular area
can conduct a thorough inspection based on the buyer’s guidelines and legal requirements on the exporting and importing aspects the country. Right from shipping marks, production details, product quality, random check of the weighment and others, everything will be covered in the entire inspection process scope. If the physical checks are cleared, the sample will be drawn for lab testing.

Once the lab testing is performed as per the buyer’s specifications, and approved, both the test and pre-shipment reports will be forwarded for the buyer’s approval.

In the recent past, India has emerged as a Trusted Export market in Global Food trade. Buyers around the globe have trusted the Indian Products, its quality and the commitment of Indian Food Producers

Loading Supervision (LS)
After going through the end-to-end process, the product meeting between the buyer’s and legal requirements will be approved for shipment. From the inspector visiting the factory for supervising the loading process to checking thoroughly the shipment container for the suitability for transport, the entire loading process shall be witnessed by the inspector and finally, will be sealed with OTLs.

Key Food & Agri Products Exported From India
As India is a major export hub for many products to the world, some of the key ones comprises of rice, fresh grapes, wheat, sugar, beef, spices, seafood, pulses, maize, groundnuts, cashews, honey, coffee beans, tea, mango pulp, fishmeal, oil, milk powder, vegetable oils, ready-to-eat food products followed by a diverse range of other products.

Major Ports
As the export and import trading business in India has continued since the British regime, some of the major ports include Mumbai, Kandla, JN Port, Kolkata, New Mangalore, Vishakhapatnam, Paradip, Cochin, Chennai, Tuticurin, Ennore, Mormugao, Port Blair and others.


Food& Agri Inspection-(750 to 850 Crore (Approx)
Insurance & Marine-(150 Crore(Approx)

Current Scenario
India is the Biggest Producer of Milk in the world. Also, the country is the largest Producer, Exporter & Consumer of Spices and Spices Products. With India being the largest producer of pulses in the world, second largest of sugar and is also one of the largest in terms of banana and papaya productions.

Considering all these, the shipment risks can be minimized to an Optimum level through Independent Preshipment Inspections. Moreover, the product quality assured for the buyer’s satisfaction helps them to gain confidence and meet other relevant regulatory requirements across the different regions and markets.