South Africa: SITCO Leading Inspections helps clients make the grade and save

SITCO Leading Inspections is a global, independent, third-party inspection and verification business, specialising in fruit and vegetables, agri commodities, metals and minerals. The company provides innovative services and solutions which are customised according to client requirements.

Client cost saving
One of SITCO’s clients where a pack house service was rendered, experienced a 7 500 000 ZAR positive impact as a direct result. The amount of cartons that could be packed increased by 5–10% due to SITCO’s constant and real-time feedback, as well as their corrective action requests.

Real-time reporting
SITCO couples expert inspections with meticulous, technologically savvy record-keeping to supply the client with a detailed quality report within 24 hours. This timeous feedback accompanied by evidence allows the client to make real-time decisions regarding the suitability of the produce for the intended market and end destination; this can have a major cost- and brand-saving impact for the client, and also help identify the cause of potential problems or inconsistencies.

The final report is available in PDF format and can serve as third-party quality and grade verification to the client and buyer, as well as to insurance companies.

World-class quality control
In the past season, SITCO Leading Inspections’ quality systems and related checks helped reduce clients’ risk and ensure peace of mind that produce will make the grade. The following produce percentages were found to not comply with the end client specifications:

Expert services
Through its expert offerings, the company is able to supply a variety of clients, including retail importers, producers and agents, with quality and risk management tools which enable quick decision making and corrective action. Their extensive fresh produce service offerings include quality and quantity control at every step of the product life cycle:

- Ensuring an optimum picking window for the best shelf-life
- Compiling yield estimates and damaged reports for insurance purposes
Pack houses
- Monitoring the correct handling of fruit
- Ensuring the correct quality and condition in the correct carton and brand for a particular target market
- Ensuring uniform quality and condition throughout the consignment
Cold stores
- Ensuring optimum storage conditions
- Monitoring correct handling of the ‘Cold Chain’
- Ensuring correct storage and shipping temperature to maintain product quality and condition
- Monitoring the ageing and shelf-life potential
Export ports

If you’d like world-class, independent quality assurance for complete peace of mind, contact SITCO Leading Inspections. The company has three branches in Africa – Johannesburg, Cape Town and Cairo – and also operates globally.

For more information
Nashlin Stephen
Office: +27 21 974 1933
Tel: +27 83 233 3863
Fax: +27 86 527 7540

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