Superintendents organisations are engaged in the profession of inspection, appointed by or on behalf of Buyers and Sellers under the terms and conditions of Gafta Contracts.
A Superintendent may issue reports and certificates relating to its operations and render advisory services.
All Registered Superintendents have agreed to abide by a code of good practice to ensure their independence and neutrality in the supervision of cargoes and compliance with Gafta's sampling rules.
Registered Superintendents carry out inspections, verifications, examinations, quality and condition assessment of grains, feedingstuffs, pulses, rice and other commodities traded on Gafta Contracts Terms.
Please click here for the Code of Practice for Approved Registered Superintendents.
When a Superintendent is appointed to act by one of the parties to a contract incorporating Gafta terms, all operations it carries out should comply with the appropriate Rules and Contract terms. More details about the Code of Conduct can be found in the Members Directory (For Gafta members only).
Phytosanitary Inspections - United Kingdom
In the UK a unique system for phytosanitary inspections operates. By joint agreement between Gafta and the official Plant Health Authorities a General Standard Operating Procedure (GSOP1) applies to exports of grain. Under this system inspectors are approved by FERA (the Food and Environment Research Agency) to undertake phytosanitary inspections. The approval requires attendance at and the successful passing of a training course in insect identification. Approvals are issued for a period of 5 years. Where no inspections under GSOP1 have been undertaken by an inspector in a five year period, there is a requirement to attend refresher training to extend the approval. Trade Approved Inspectors are not restricted to Gafta Superintendents but may also be those involved in storage and handling of grain for export (storekeepers/silo operators etc). The Register of Trade Approved Inspectors is maintained by Gafta in close co-operation with FERA. Training courses are arranged as required by Gafta with FERA.