Cargo Inspection Checklist

Shipping Documents

Proforma Invoice

Commercial Invoice

Packing List

Certificates of Origin

Shipper's Letter of Instruction

Bills of Lading

Dangerous Goods Forms

Type of Container

Specify

Are stanchions complete and correctly fitted?

Are all lashing belts present?

Are stanchions complete and correctly fitted?

Are roof bows complete and correctly fitted?

Are tarpaulins undamaged and fit properly?

Are the end of tarpaulin ropes undamaged?

Are all roof eyes present?

Are roof bows complete and correctly fitted?

Are tarpaulins undamaged and fit properly?

Are the end of tarpaulin ropes undamaged?

Are all roof eyes present?

Is the roof undamaged?

Does the roof locking mechanism fit and operate properly?

Is the roof undamaged?

Does the roof locking mechanism fit and operate properly?

Is the roof undamaged?

Does the roof locking mechanism fit and operate properly?

Is the correct temperature set?

Is the temperature recorder running and displaying the temperature?

Is the correct temperature set?

Is the temperature recorder running and displaying the temperature?

Type of Cargo

Before Packing
Outside of Container

Are there no holes or cracks in walls or roof?

Do doors operate properly?

Do closing devices operate properly?

Are there no adhesive labels from the previous cargo?

Inside of Container

Is the container watertight? Test method: enter the container, close both doors tightly and look for incoming light (e.g. through cracks, holes, door gaskets, etc.)

Is the container interior absolutely dry? (Wipe up any condensation or white frost in order to avoid corrosion and moisture damage of the cargo.)

Is the container clean, free of cargo residue and neutral in odor?

Are there no nails or other protrusions which could damage the cargo?

After Packing

Is the container packed appropriately for the cargo and anticipated transit stresses?

Is a copy of the packing list placed in a highly visible location inside the container?

Is lumber used as a packaging material?

It may, under certain circumstances, be necessary to comply with the quarantine regulations of the country of destination and a phytosanitary certificate or proof that the lumber has been treated may have to be placed conspicuously in the container. Information may be obtained from the phytosanitary authorities of the countries concerned.

Are the doors and, if applicable, roof covering carefully closed? (Strong steel wire cables, padlocks or high-security seals provide protection from cargo theft.)

Are closures secured with metal and other seals in order to reduce the risk of theft?

Are old adhesive labels removed?

Prior to Loading

Type of Holds

Specify

Type of Hatch Covers

Specify

Rubber Gaskets

Compression Bars

Draining Canals/Holes/Pipes

Wedges/Cleats

Trimming Holes on Hatch Covers

Hatch Coaming

Tightness of Moveable Bulkhead

Hold Ventilation Closed

Entrance Hatches/Ladders

Bilges Empty

Heat Sources (lights, engines/pipelines, etc.)

Availability of Stevedores Platform

Electric Circuits/Lights in the Holds Turned Off

Ultrasound Leak Detector Test

Sign-Off

Additional Observations

Inspector Name & Signature