CSC Certification – Shipping Containers

Standards and safety for people and cargo

The IICL (The Institute of International Container Lessors) initiated the formation of the CSC (Container Safety Convention). This happened in 1974, so today the shipping industry has a standardised system. This system dictates the specifications for containers as well as the rules for their transportation during local travel as well as international transport.

The CSC’s formation means that containers must be made and transported according to requirements set out in the CSC framework. This prerequisite is necessary to meet IICL guidelines so the container is allowed to be transported by ship or rail. For shipping via rail, mandatory checks will be done to ensure correct packing and quality of the containers. The same checking procedure pertains to ports before a container leaves on a ship. Standardisation has two major benefits: safety and efficiency.


Safe travels for your cargo

Safety is implicated by setting the bar of what a container should be before it’s allowed to be transported. Not only must the container be in good condition, but the content must be packed in a manner that will keep them safe and stable throughout the time of transport. Because containers are kept to standards in terms of their condition and functionality, you can be sure that your belongings reach their destination in good condition. A standardised system will give you peace of mind that containers that you lease will be in the correct condition, which meets IICL guidelines.

Efficient transport across the world

A container is one of the safest ways to transport items because they are so versatile and their different sizes—10ft, 20ft and even 40ft—means that you can choose the one that will work for you. They can be transported via rail or even on a cargo ship for longer distances such as across oceans. It is the ideal way of moving large amounts of cargo efficiently. Another benefit is that the cargo inside will not have to be handled various times as it travels through ports and stations. The cargo stays in one container and does not have to be unpacked & repacked. This ensures less damage for the goods as well as faster transport. When all cargo companies use the same type and size container, standardised equipment can be used in handling them when they reach a new port or station. With no specialised equipment necessary, it makes loading and unloading faster and it keeps costs lower.

What does the CSC require?

To meet IICL guidelines there are many checks that should be done both before and after your container is loaded. This is to ensure that your container is up to standard, but also that the manner the cargo in the container was packed will ensure that the contents aren’t damaged along the way. A stable and balanced container makes for easy moving via crane as well as safe cargo inside. In order to receive the CSC plate—which is proof of the container’s passed inspection—the following must be in order:

  •  The roof and walls of the container should be intact, with no holes or cracks
  • Doors should be able to easily open and close. (A good locking mechanism and lockbox is ideal to keep the doors shut throughout the journey)
  • The container should be dry inside; no holes through which moisture can enter are allowed
  • No residue such as moisture should still be smelt or seen from previous cargo
  • No objects should be inside the container. These may damage the new cargo if not removed
  • After the container is packed, it’s necessary to check the container again:
  • The way the items are packed should make provision for the movement and stress the container will undergo
  • A list of all items inside should be displayed
  • Any lumber used inside the container should adhere to quarantine regulations for international travel
  • If it’s a refrigeration container, it should function properly at the time of release from port

Make sure your container is certified

Sending your valuables—whether it’s for your business or for personal reasons—does call for certain requirements to be followed in order to meet IICL guidelines. The IICL made sure that CSC Certification was put in place for all containers used for international travel and they work closely with other authorities around the globe. They set a standard that a container must adhere to, before it’s seen as adequate for travel. The IICL is passionate about making transporting processes fast, but also safe.