International Shipping


If your container needs to be shipped to any destination outside of North America on a cargo ship, this will require an approved Cargo Worthy grade container. Shipping containers that will be loaded for export shipping must be inspected and certified by an industry authorized inspector in order to be accepted for international transport. American Conex can setup the necessary inspection for your shipping container for a service charge of $149. American Conex provides a guarantee that any of our cargo worthy grade (or new 1 trip) containers will be successfully approved in the surveyor inspection.

What is a CSC Plate and why is it Important?

The International Convention for Safe Containers (CSC) requires that shipping containers must have a safety approval plate called a CSC plate. The CSC plate serves as evidence that the container has passed safety and quality inspections and meets international standards. The CSC plate contains information such as the tare weight, maximum gross weight, and other essential details, such as the date of manufacture, the container’s dimensions, and identification numbers. A CSC’s validity lasts for five years, after which the container must undergo another test to ensure it meets safety standards.

Types of Container Inspections

There are two primary types of container inspections: In-Service and Off-Hire Inspections. The In-Service inspection is carried out when the container is in use. The inspection aims to ensure the container is in good condition, and there are no damages or weaknesses that can pose a safety hazard to people or goods inside the container. The Off-Hire Inspection is carried out once the container is no longer in use and before it returns to the owner’s depot. The inspection aims to identify any damage to the container and to determine the cost of repairing the damage, and decide if the container is worth repairing.

Container Inspection Checklist

There is no standard container inspection checklist that applies to all containers. However, there are some key elements that must be included in the inspection:
– General condition of the container, including dents, rust, and holes.
– The condition of the floor, walls, and ceiling.
– The condition and functionality of the container’s doors and hinges, as well as locking mechanisms.
– The state of the rubber seals around the doorframe and any other openings in the container.
– Check for previous repairs that comply with the CSC’s standards.

Importance of Container Inspections and CSC Plates

The importance of carrying out container inspections and having valid CSC plates cannot be overstated. It ensures the safety of people and goods inside the container and prevents accidents. A damaged or poorly maintained container can result in significant financial losses, not to mention the potential risk of injury or death. A valid CSC plate provides peace of mind that the container is in good condition and conforms to international safety standards.

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