Friday, 18 January 2019 14:32

Maersk to Begin Random Container Inspections

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With an initial focus on shipments into and out of the US, Maersk Line will begin physically inspecting container contents as part of its efforts to stem the increasing numbers of fires that break out inside boxes during transit, as well as boxes in which cargo moves or is damaged due to not being lashed correctly. The checks will be undertaken by the National Cargo Bureau, with containers selected at random. The cost for such reworking containers that require changes in order to be compliant with regulations will be charged to the Shipper/Consignee (depending on direction of the container). A container that has already made sea transit may be selected for inspection upon its arrival in the US. The aim of the exercise is to collect data to develop “procedures that better ensure the accuracy of cargo descriptions provided to Maersk”, as well as improve the use of the IMO’s Code of Practice for Packing of Cargo Transport Units (CTU Code).

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