Containers Security Reminder


Dear valuable customer,


American Customs Brokerage Co., Inc. (ACB) is a voluntary participant in the C-TPAT program.  We take our commitment to the principles of the C-TPAT program seriously.  Whether or not your business elects to join C-TPAT, it is critical to have procedures in place at the point of stuffing, as well as procedures to inspect, properly seal, and maintain the integrity of shipping containers and trailers.


A.  What is the 7-point container inspection process?

       Each container should be checked using the 7-point inspection process listed below

       upon arrival and prior to stuffing.

1.      Check undercarriage (support beams should be visible)

2.      Check door inside and out (check locking mechanism to make sure it is reliable)

3.      Check right-side of container

4.      Check front wall of container (make sure blocks and vents are visible)

5.      Check left side of container

6.      Check floor

7.      Check ceiling roof, things to look for include:

·        Fake walls (use a hammer to tap the walls listening for fake walls or hollow sound)

·        Make sure interior space of the container is the proper length, height and width

·        Bonding material

·        Different color points

·        Bolts instead of rivets


B.  Seals Used to secure Containers and Trailers bound to US

1.   Seals used to secure containers and trailers bound for US must meet or exceed

                the current PAS ISO 17712 standards for high security seals.

           2.   All loaded containers or trailers bound for US must have this type of seal affixed

           3.   Procedures for recognizing and reporting compromised seals to US Customs &

                Border Protection or appropriate foreign authorities are highly recommended


C.  Container Storage

Containers must be stored in a secure area to prevent unauthorized access and/or manipulation. Procedures must be in place for reporting and neutralizing unauthorized entry into containers or container storage areas.


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Among other things, one of the primary benefits of participation in C-TPAT is a reduced number of CBP inspections, meaning fewer delays when goods are cleared through US ports.