The entire food industry is currently facing the challenge of reduced consumer demands and disrupted supply chains while the coronavirus continues to spread. Many seafood markets have collapsed; most restaurants have closed. Lockdowns and quarantine rules have made many export markets inaccessible thereby restricting the availability of farmer, fresh and processed seafood. International seafood trading has decreased sharply.
Seafood supply chain revolution
Seafood industries and companies are having to reorganise their business processes to be in a position to respond effectively and efficiently to the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The impacts continue to spread more widely and are causing disruptions to new sales regions. It is critical that seafood companies diversify their markets and reorganise their business models so that they can survive during this pandemic. Seafood supply chains will need to revolutionise post COVID-19 to ensure increased sustainability and resilience during any future threats to the world-wide seafood trade.
Seafood inspection and surveys
Comprehensive seafood inspection carried out in the country in which the seafood is sourced is essential for improving the quality and safety of all fish products. Timely inspections ensure that delivery times can be reliably estimated. The inspection process must include a factor and supplier audit, product testing, pre-product inspection (PPI), during product inspection (DUPRO), pre-shipment inspection (PSI) and loading and unloading supervision (LS/US). Together, these six processes ensure all local and legal regulations are met during each step of the supply chain.
Seafood surveys have become critically important. Longer transportation times increase the risk to the quality of the seafood once it arrives at its destination. Surveys are conducted in order to determine the cause and extend of any damage that may have occurred to the products during transportation. Also, a pre-survey carried out prior to arrival will ensure that everything is in order before reaching the correct destination.
Once the products have arrived at the final destination, a damage survey will be completed based on the client’s feedback which will include determining the cause of any damages sustained during transit and providing constructive, efficient and effective solutions for the future.
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With over 25 years of experience in quality assurance, HQTS is ready to help your business build strong and meaningful supplier relationships across Asia. Our worldwide service locations are ready to be your one-stop-shop for all your inspection needs including; factory audits, production monitoring, pre-shipment and sorting inspections. These steps will ensure you know exactly what’s happening throughout the process. Contact us today to find out how we can help you with any quality control challenges currently happening in your industry.