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TÜV Rheinland provides commercial inspections for global markets

Commercial Inspections

Mitigate risks in global trade with our Commercial Inspections solutions

For many companies, international trade is a mainstay. Traders (buyers, sellers or manufacturers) often demand that goods and commodities be inspected in terms of quantity, quality, and other characteristics to mitigate any risk or non-fulfilment of the contractual agreement. With the help of our Commercial Inspections services; organizations and traders can verify the quality and quantity of goods at each and every step of the supply chain.

Since we have a global presence and are based in the regions where commercial activity occurs, our experts are familiar with the international and domestic regulations and can verify the quality, quantity, nature, and condition of goods with agility, accuracy, and transparency.

With a worldwide network and 20,000 experts, TÜV Rheinland is your reliable partner in today’s globalized world of trade to achieve confidence on your transacted goods and commodities. Our services can be conducted in connection with a letter of credit or any relevant requirements to ensure that the supplies from exporting countries are according to trade requirements.

Services that meet your challenges

The service “Commercial Inspections” can be conducted in connection with a Letter of Credit (LOC) or be based on industry / bespoke requirements to bring about the certainty, a buyer or seller may need. We offer the following services:

  • Delivery and completeness verification
  • Quantity verification
  • Condition check of consignment and its goods
  • Loading and off-loading supervision
  • Letter of Credit (LOC) inspections
  • Industry specific / bespoke inspection requirements

Our commercial inspections services cover the following commodities

Commodities Services (Dry Bulk and Liquid)

At Port International Standards In destination countries Other services
  • Compartment inspection
  • Water tightness (ULD)
  • Light test of containers
  • Supervision of weighing or tally control
  • Contractual sampling and sample preparation in accordance with
  • Express testing on-spot for basic parameters
  • Sealing of holds, tanks, containers, etc.
  • Shore gauging
  • Draught survey or ship tanks gauging
  • Bunker survey
  • On/Off hire condition survey
  • Load or discharge inspection as compound service
  • Harvest inspection, monitoring, quality mapping, phytosanitary monitoring, stock monitoring or FCR confirmations
  • Spot inspections at inland silos
  • Intake and outtake control including express testing
  • Warehouse sampling
  • Pre-shipment inspection
  • Review of the stowage plan of the vessel
  • Negotiation on the proper stowage and optimum use of resources and spaces
  • Review of the lashing plan and providing recommendations

Membership and Accreditation:

  • Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC) Council
  • ISO 9001:2015 for quality management
  • Federation of Oils, Seeds and Fats Associations (FOSFA)
  • Grain and Feed Trade Association (GAFTA)
  • UN Global Combat
  • ISO 17020:2012 – Verification of Conformity
  • ISO 17025:2005 for laboratories
  • ISO 17065:2012 for product certification


pdf Government Inspections and International Trade Guide 3 MB Download

With our global network we secure your business

Test Marks and Certification

For safe and high-quality products, we offer internationally recognized certifications and test marks as well as entries in our Certipedia certificate database that show exactly what was certified and tested.

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Updates on Regulations and Standards

On our Regulations and Standards Updates page you can download an overview of the latest updates to international norms and rules.

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Services for a smooth and reliable trade.

Do you have questions? Contact our local experts now!

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