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Importance of Shipping Container Inspections

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Did you know that a shipping container in poor condition can cost you money? Avoiding sea container inspections can result in damaged or lost cargo and expensive repairs during rough crossings and handling. Sea containers require regular inspections and maintenance surveys to ensure the contents are adequately protected.

International Container Lessors (IICL) inspection

When choosing a shipping container for transport by sea or rail, it should pass a full Institute of International Container Lessors (IICL) inspection. This inspection confirms the sea container complies with the stipulations of the Convention of Safe Containers and is safe to travel by sea or rail.

Avoid unexpected costs – perform regular sea container surveys

The last thing you want is for your customers to receive the wrong quantity of goods or damaged goods. Read on to learn more about container inspections and cargo surveys.

What is a sea container inspection?

A sea container inspection usually occurs at the shipper’s depot or warehouse. Inspections ensure the container is safe for transportation and delivery to its destination.

What kind of issues can you identify during an inspection?

Some examples of defects found during sea container inspections include:

  • Odours in the container 

Smells from products previously transported in the container or from chemical cleaning agents can transfer to new items. Avoid odour transference by rinsing the container after using cleaning agents and allowing it to air dry.

  • Dirt and grease staining new cargo

Grease and dirt from machinery or equipment previously transported can damage new stock. Use cleaning agents to erase stains, rinse thoroughly and allow to air dry.

  • Holes in container ceilings, floors, and walls

Holes can occur from dents and damage to surfaces caused during shipping and handling. Check the container’s exterior for erosion and dents or damage to the paintwork. Early detection can reduce repair costs. Regularly applying weather-proof paint can help avoid corrosion.

  • Mould present in the container

Dampness and humidity encourage mould growth, which can contaminate cargo and smell bad. Treating interiors with industrial anti-bacterial disinfectants will inhibit mould growth. Rinse thoroughly and allow to air dry.

What Does an IICL Container Inspection Involve?

Here at True Blue Containers, we use a Convention of Safe Containers (CSC) container inspection checklist to ensure the product you’ve chosen meets shipping standards. We prepare the container for shipping and send you the certificate for freight forwarding. Our experienced team is ready to help you with your shipping and cargo surveys.

Why choose True Blue Containers?

True Blue Containers is a dynamic, WA-owned business ready to provide you with the best advice on how to inspect your shipping container. Our yard is stocked with shipping containers for sale and hire in varying sizes and configurations, with multiple options for modifying, converting, and storage.

Located in Midvale, our depot is services Perth and its surrounds via nearby Roe Highway, conveniently leading to major arterial roads and Fremantle port.

Any more questions?

We offer competitive prices, high-quality products, and professional services. So, get in touch with us today for a quote.

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