Freight inspection is a vital part of logistics that has the potential to slow down your business. Cargo inspections are used to create detailed analysis of products both before they’re shipped and upon their arrival at the final point of destination. The process is often used as a way to analyze not only the quantity of the packaging, but also the quality. This is why it’s important to understand the different times cargo could be inspected during its lifetime.
While products can be examined for a variety of reasons, the process of checking every piece of cargo inside a freight container is often time consuming and inefficient. That’s why many inspections only involve a portion of goods, referred to as acceptance sampling. Inspectors will take a careful look at the portion of goods to determine if the lot will be accepted or rejected. Logistics Inbound says that, “In attributes sampling, the presence or absence of a characteristic is noted in each of the units inspected.” The reason that a sample could be rejected is due to some kind of contamination or defect that could affect the entire shipment.
Cargo should always be inspected before a shipment is sent out. This pre-shipment inspection is used to ensure that the correct products or merchandise is being sent as well as the correct amount.
This type of inspection is what most people are are aware of when importing goods. While port inspections are often used for large products, most products being imported will be inspected.
The Department of Homeland Security routinely inspects 100 percent of all cargo transported on passenger aircrafts departing U.S. airports. Furthermore, the department works to secure supply chains while ensuring a smooth functioning system that is essential to the nation’s security as well as the economic prosperity of the country.