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Description: Cork is subject to a natural loss in weight, but is also very susceptible to dampness, especially when shipped on deck, and there may be an increase in weight from moisture absorption. If cork composition sheets and other cork derivatives such as cork discs, etc., are damaged by seawater, continuous washing is recommended until the salt is completely eradicated, after which in some cases the cork may be utilized for its original purpose. Sometimes the add cost of handling, drying, rebagging, etc., of the washed products, coupled with the possibility that they could not be disposed of at their full value, may render their disposal as raw material for grinding purposes by composition cork manufacturers a more economical solution. Usually the high quality of cork from which such derivatives are produced means a comparatively high scrap value, although this would probably be inferior to the value of the sound article. Cork boards and derivatives stored in exceptionally cold temperatures may become exceptionally brittle, and will readily break when being handled. The commodity should therefore be handled with care after having been subjected to low temperatures, but as soon as the commodity regains a normal temperature it will again be fit for ordinary handling. Cork sheets suffering damage due to sweat during transit may be found to have both surfaces (face and back) extensively stained and discolored and to be musty and mildewed, either in the center or around the edges.
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Commodity Name: CORK

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