History

Since its establishment in 1993, Wakefield Inspection Services has developed the reputation as a strong and reliable leader in the cotton industry.

Wakefield Inspection has a long history, originally starting life as Edward T. Robertson & Son (ETR), a privately owned firm of international cotton controllers, which was established in Bremen, Germany in 1906, and rapidly expanded by opening branches in the major cotton producing and consuming countries.  ETR became arguably, the leading firm of cotton controllers in the world. During the late sixties and early seventies, the firm of ETR was purchased by Esperanza Trade and Transport Ltd. of London, and merged into an international inspection group, which was finally purchased by Inchcape PLC, London in 1983.  In 1993 ITS sold many of the assets of their U.S.A. and U.K. cotton division (known as ETR) to Wakefield Inspection Services Ltd., Liverpool.

The driving force behind the creation of WIS was Frank Wakefield. After more than fifty years in the inspection industry, Frank Wakefield was respected and admired not only by his peers but also competitors alike. Frank’s experience as an apprentice in the Cotton Commission, taking up cotton in S. Africa, establishing operations in Asia and devoting years of experience in the industry, to building WIS has defined our company.  His tradition of honesty and integrity created and remains our vision:  WIS is to be the worldwide leader in the independent quality assessment, inspection and controlling industry by setting incomparable standards for accurate, objective and quality verification and reporting services.  His vision and principles continue through his sons, Peter and Greg, and a team of highly skilled and motivated staff who rely upon his teachings and experience.

Since the break up of the former Soviet Union, WIS established companies is each Republic and now grades cotton on behalf of many of them as well as on behalf of international merchants. In addition to the classification of cotton, in 1994 WIS established regional commodity inspection centres in the CIS and Baltic States to offer clients access to a wider range of services. Additional offices were added throughout the 90’s in South America, East and West Africa.  In 2012, WIS opened offices in most of the Far East region to complement the existing offices in China and Hong Kong, with WIS now able to offer services in 60 countries


  • New WIS Testing Laboratories
    In order to provide further global coverage, WIS are pleased to announce the opening of three new SITC (HVI) facilities for laboratory testing of raw cotton samples:
    SOUTH-EAST ASIA Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam
    WEST AFRICA Abidjan - Cote d’Ivoire and Lome - Togo




Our Vision

Our vision for Wakefield Inspection Services is to be the worldwide leader in the independent quality assessment, inspection and controlling industry by setting incomparable standards for accurate, objective and quality verification and reporting services.

Our Mission

Our mission is to understand and fulfill our clients' unique needs, by providing unsurpassed service and support to their organization through our worldwide network of highly trained, experienced and dedicated team members.