CSC Survey Required for Shipping Container Export

When a survey is purchased, a trained inspector confirms that the container is up to the standards listed on the CSC plate. The completed survey is then passed to your shipping company to confirm that the SOC (shipper-owned container) is up to the safety standards required for stacking on a ship.

Only Cargo Worthy (CWO) and One Trip containers can be surveyed.

CWO means “cargo-worthy” or that a container has the structural integrity to be stacked 7-high on a cargo ship. One Trip containers are Cargo-Worthy containers that were manufactured within the last 1-2 calendar years.

Western Container only surveys containers that we have sold.

The survey adds an additional 2-3 business days to your pickup date (4-6 business days total for the container to be surveyed and released).

Western Container does not assist with exports.

We recommend that you arrange your shipment for export first, then order your container about a week before you plan on picking it up.

We Cannot Move Loaded Containers

Western Container cannot move loaded containers. When you order delivery from us, our haulers will put the container on the ground. You will need a crane or forklift to load the container back onto a chassis when a truck comes to pick it up. We recommend customers buying a shipping container for export handle their own trucking.

Convention for Safe Containers Plate

The Convention for Safe Containers (CSC) Plate includes information on the date and location of manufacture, as well as other specifications. Learn more about the Convention for Safe Containers on the International Maritime Organization’s website.

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