Water damage to cargo is one of the most common reasons of cargo claims. Holes in container ceilings, floors, and walls can let in water. Holes can occur as a result of dents, damage to surfaces caused during shipping and handling of the container, improper maintenance and repair, etc. A simple yet effective container inspection hack involves using a light test to thoroughly examine the container for potential holes or damage. By incorporating this free hack into your shipping process, you can proactively mitigate cargo damage risks.
Container inspections are an essential part of the shipping process. Allowing shippers to assess the condition of the container before loading their goods. Inspections help identify any existing damage, holes, or weaknesses that may compromise the safety and integrity of the cargo during transit. Conducting thorough container inspections helps provide solid evidence in the event of a cargo claim, strengthening the case for compensation and increasing the chances of successful recovery.
A light test can be a valuable tool during container inspections. Enabling you to carefully examine the container’s interior for any holes or signs of damage. With a closed and dark container, direct the beam of light along the walls, floor, and ceiling. You can detect even the smallest punctures or openings where light passes through that may compromise the container’s integrity. The alternative solution is to check if light is visible from the outside in the closed container.
By incorporating the light test into your container inspection routine, you can proactively mitigate cargo risks. Identifying potential holes or damage early on allows you to address any issues. You could ask for replacement of container before they result in cargo damage or loss. In the unfortunate event of cargo damage, having documented proof of pre-loading container conditions provide solid evidence that container was in apparent good condition at the loading.
Container inspections at the loading is a crucial in ensuring the safety and integrity of your cargo during transit. Incorporating light test into container inspection process costs nothing. By utilizing the documentation obtained from container inspection, exporter has proven that container was in apparent good condition at the loading or has a reason to request carrier to replace poor quality container.
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