Container Certification

ABS offers certification of containers to either mandatory safety regulations or the optimal operational requirements specified by owners. ABS personnel will lead you through the entire certification process, which includes:

  • Review the drawings and design specifications of the containers. This review verifies compliance to ABS Rules, the International Convention for Safe Containers (CSC), and the regulations, codes and standards specified by the owner to the manufacturer based upon the container's intended service (general or restricted).
  • Witness the structural testing of the prototype container, which is representative of the production series. Each test represents a method of actual operational handling or storage, such as stowing below deck, top lifting by spreader or bottom lifting by slings, racking on deck and longitudinal restraint on chassis in railcars. An industry established safety factor is built into each test.
  • Audit the production of containers and monitor the manufacturer's quality control procedures. Production inspections verify structural integrity by focusing on the use of issued and approved materials as well as adequate assembly, usually by welding.
  • Issue an ABS certificate attesting to the containers' compliance with the specified codes, regulations or standards. Containers for certain services, such as refrigerated containers transporting perishable cargo or tank containers transporting hazardous materials, receive additional certificates or approvals.

To learn more about ABS Container Certification Serivces please download our brochure.

Codes and Standards

ABS offers certification services that cover every significant, internationally recognized agreement, standard and code relating to intermodal and marine containers and their transportation including:

ABS   ABS Rules for Certification of Cargo Containers
CSC   International Convention for Safe Containers
ISO   International Organization for Standardization
TIR   Customs Convention on the International Transport of Goods Under Cover of TIR Carnets
UIC   International Union of Railroads
AAR   Association of American Railroads
USDOT   US Department of Transportation
IMDG   International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code
RID   International Regulations Concerning the Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Rail
ADR   European Agreement Concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road
TPED   Transportable Pressure Equipment Directive
ATP   Agreement on the International Carriage of Perishable Foodstuffs and on the Equipment to be used for such Carriage
ATO-DLO   Agrotechnological Research Institute
USDA   Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the US Department of Agriculture
TCT   Australian Department of Health - Wood Treatment Regulations