Copra Inspection and Grading Procedures & Process

The governing body responsible for issuing an inspection certificate is the Commodities Export Marketing Authorities (CEMA).

CEMA continues to carry out Quality Assurance tasks ensuring that only good quality coconut products that meets the quality standards are to be exported. These include sampling at the exporters shed, quality analysis at the CEMA Cocoa Laboratory, then issuing of Inspection Certificates for exports.

To apply for an inspection, one must have a contract ready with a buyer and the consignment ready to be shipped as the certificate is valid for only 14 days.

To apply for a CEMA inspector to inspect the consignment, an application form can be requested at their head office, filled out and submitted, and will be considered for approval before an inspector is sent out.

  • This is the process of selecting good copra from poor quality copra and foreign matters
  • Inspector may inspect and grade copra during daylight hours.
  • May refuse or delay inspection and grading if the inspector decides natural daylight is insufficient.
Cleanliness Dust & dirt free Dust & dirt < 3% > 3%
Color White, grey, light brown Brown Dark brown, black
Mould Free from mould Less mould Excessive
Germinated Nuts Less quantity Reasonable quantity  Unreasonable quantity
Moisture < 6% < 6% > 6%
FFA < 3% < 3% > 3%
Odour Good copra smell Good copra smell Smoke, foul or foreign smells

Grade Points

For the purpose of grading copra, points shall be awarded for qualities and features of copra as follows:

I White, grey, light brown, free from smokey smell 60
II Brown, free from smokey smell 30
III Dark brown, or smoked 10
I Free from dust, dirt and small pieces of copra 40
II Free from excessive dust, dirt and small pieces of copra 20