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close this bookCARE Food Manual (CARE , 1998, 355 p.)
close this folderChapter 6 - Port
close this folderI. Arrival and Discharge
View the documentA. Prior to Arrival
View the documentB. Arrival at Port
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B. Arrival at Port

Once a ship arrives in port, the shipping company presents the ship's cargo manifest to port authorities for authorization to unload. The ship is then either directed to a port berth for clearance or, if the port is too shallow, food is off-loaded onto smaller vessels called lighters. Before the food is off-loaded, CARE, its counterpart or representative must insure that the ship's hatches are inspected and the ship captain's log reviewed to ascertain the condition of the food and weather conditions en route. Many countries require a representative from the Ministry of Health or other government agency to make a visual inspection and approve the discharge of the food.

If CARE or its counterpart takes custody and control of the food at port, the independent surveyor must be available prior to the unloading of the cargo. The surveyor must be allowed to inspect the hold to determine the condition of the food. If for any reason a shipping company prohibits inspection of food, the country office should immediately notify the CARE USA Procurement Office for U.S. food, or the local representative or Brussels office of Euronaid for European Union Food for non-emergency programs or ECHO for emergency programs. For other donors, notify their local representatives. In all cases, country offices should notify the CARE International member's headquarters to request their assistance. When there are problems with shipping companies, the CARE USA Procurement Office should be copied on all correspondence relating to non-U.S. donors.