Soya beans are carried in bulk in large quantities every year, from load ports in countries including the US, Brazil and Argentina. Most soya beans are intended for crushing to produce soya oil for human consumption and soya bean meal for animal feed. Most shipments take place without incident.
Soya beans are usually loaded very rapidly by conveyor belts and loading chutes. It is normal for clouds of dust to be raised in the vicinity of a hold, and this makes monitoring the cargo very difficult. Cargo surfaces can be observed during breaks in loading, and provided no abnormalities are seen, the cargo can be considered to be in good order and condition. Care should be taken to ensure that the hatches are closed in advance of any rainfall. If possible, a note should be made of the cargo temperature at loading.