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Cargo sampling is the taking and retaining of true representative samples of commodity products, usually to facilitate payment to a shipper for cargo leaving its port of loading.
Accurately taken and labeled samples with an unequivocal chain of custody are essential to all operations. Effective and consistent cargo sampling requires a specialized staff of trained individuals who are responsible for taking such samples and transporting them to the corresponding testing laboratories.