International Shipping


If need to ship your container to a destination outside of North America via cargo ship, it’s important to have an approved Cargo Worthy grade container. For international transportation, shipping containers that will be loaded for export must undergo inspection and certification by an industry authorized inspector. At American Conex, we can arrange the necessary inspection for your shipping container for a service charge of $149. Rest assured, our cargo worthy grade (or new 1 trip) containers are guaranteed to pass the surveyor inspection successfully.

What is a CSC Plate and why is it Important?

Shipping containers must have a safety approval plate known as the CSC plate, as required by the International Convention for Safe Containers (CSC). This plate serves as proof that the container has successfully undergone safety and quality inspections, meeting international standards. It contains vital information like tare weight, maximum gross weight, date of manufacture, dimensions, and identification numbers. Validity of a CSC plate spans five years, necessitating another test thereafter to ensure compliance with safety standards.

Types of Container Inspections

Container inspections can be broadly classified into two categories: In-Service Inspections and Off-Hire Inspections. The purpose of an In-Service inspection is to ensure the container is in optimal condition while it is being used, without any damages or weaknesses that might jeopardize the safety of its contents. On the other hand, an Off-Hire Inspection takes place when the container is no longer being utilized and before returning it to the owner’s depot. Its aim is to identify any existing damage, assess the cost of repair, and determine if it is economically viable to restore the container. By conducting these meticulous inspections, we can uphold the quality and safety standards associated with container transportation.

Container Inspection Checklist

The industry has 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

Container inspections and the presence of valid CSC plates are of paramount importance. They guarantee the safety of individuals and cargo within the container, minimizing the likelihood of accidents. A container that is damaged or inadequately maintained can result in substantial financial losses, as well as potential harm or even loss of life. Possessing a valid CSC plate instills confidence, confirming that the container is in excellent condition and adheres to rigorous international safety standards.

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