13 January, 2021 Bruna Ribeiro Bruna Ribeiro

How to get your container inspection done faster?

Why is a container inspection so important?

Prior to any loading operation, a container inspection is a must. We all know how stressful it can be to receive your goods damaged. This can be caused by many factors but also by the initial poor condition of the container before that went undetected or undocumented.

And how about receiving a claim from a shipping line for damage to the container that is now being charged to you. Make sure to inspect the container and confirm its seaworthiness and have the proper evidence at hand to refute any claim coming your way in the future.

Pre-loading inspection is essential to verify cargo and transport equipment integrity and mitigate the risk of unauthorized transportation of goods. It also allows avoiding, for example, false walls in containers or bodies.

Container Inspection Step by Step

Procedures must be in place to verify the seaworthiness of the container prior to stuffing, also including to include the reliability of locking mechanisms of the doors.

  1. Undercarriage
    a. Inspect prior to entering the facility.
    b. Support beams on the undercarriage should be visible.

  2. Inside / Outside Doors
    a. Make sure secure and reliable locking mechanisms are attached to the container.
    b. Check for a different color bonding material.
    c. Check for loose bolts.
    d. Check for plates and repairs. Solid plates should not cover standard container cavities.

  3. Right Side
    a. Look for unusual repairs to structural beams.
    b. Use a tool to tap the side walls – listen for a hollow sound.

  4. Left Side
    a. Look for unusual repairs to structural beams.
    b. Use a tool to tap sidewalls - listen for a hollow sound.

  5. Front Wall
    a. Make sure the blocks and vents are open and visible.

    b. Measure interior and exterior with a tape measure, range finder, or string. The container should be exact to specifications.

  6. Ceiling / Roof
    a. Make sure the ceiling height from the floor is accurate. Blocks and vents should be visible.
    b. Use a tool to tap - you should hear a metal, hollow sound.

  7. Floor
    a. Floor should be flat and one height.
    b. Inspect floor for unusual repairs.

How to get your container inspection done faster

Have you thought about getting rid of all the paper checklist inspections and go digital? Going digital gives you the chance to standardize and customize your inspections. So everyone has to fill in checklists and do inspections exactly as you want it.

This is where CargoSnap can support you and improve this process by getting your inspections done within minutes. All data is collected and available in real-time in order to assess the condition of the container, and whether it is acceptable for example for a stuffing operation or not. Photos and forms are gathered via the app and made available within seconds for viewing and reporting on one platform.

With personalized workflows, you will be able to have “Proof of Condition” of cargo and transportation equipment before starting the journey and be able to share it with the parties concerned almost immediately.

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