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 services 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