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Shipping Point Inspection Program
Shipping point inspection services
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To facilitate transactions between buyer and seller, the Oregon Shipping Point Inspection Program provides producers, buyers, sellers and handlers of Oregon commodities with competent and highly skilled staff for the certification of their product.
The Oregon Department of Agriculture has a permanent staff of approximately 75 graders, inspectors, samplers and support staff with as many as 80 additional seasonal employees during peak periods. Inspectors are licensed by USDA-Agricultural Marketing Service, Fresh Products Branch through a cooperative agreement. Our inspectors are experts in evaluating product under customer standards, state grades, federal grades , laws, policies and industrial practices thereby providing assurance that products meet or exceed all requirements of domestic and international markets. These services are available in both traditional "online" and alternative inspection programs . Inspection services are funded through user fees set by recommendations of an advisory board comprised of industry members.

Movement in the market-place
When fresh products are exported, an inspection and phytosanitary certificate is usually required. Within our own agency and cooperatively with USDA-Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, we have the ability to inspect and certify that fresh products are free from pests or diseases that would otherwise prohibit movement into a foreign country. The products we inspect include fruits, vegetables and tree nuts.
Third party grading
Produce is often purchased directly from producers on a contractual basis with grade, size, maturity, and other quality stipulations defined in the contract. We can provide unbiased official sampling, grading, and certification, giving confidence of fairness and equity to each party's interest.
Alternative inspection programs
In an effort to provide our customers with additional shipping point inspection options, the Oregon Department of Agriculture has implemented two alternative inspection programs, Customer Assisted Inspection Program (CAIP), and the Quality Assurance Inspection Program (QAIP).
 
With these programs, ODA's Federal/State Inspection service (FSIS) inspectors train the customers inspection staff to perform inspections using federal and state grade standards, inspection techniques, and procedures.  Grades and procedures are verified and certified, under an audit based system, by the FSIS.
 
If you would like additional information on these programs and would like to talk to a representative, please contact us at our main office or a district office nearest you.

Locations
Inspection services are offered throughout the State of Oregon with offices in seven locations throughout the State.