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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.

Offshore Container Certification Overview

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 Rules for Certification of Cargo Containers


International Convention for Safe Containers


International Organization for Standardization


Customs Convention on the International Transport of Goods Under Cover of TIR Carnets


International Union of Railroads


Association of American Railroads


US Department of Transportation


International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code


International Regulations Concerning the Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Rail


European Agreement Concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road


Transportable Pressure Equipment Directive


Agreement on the International Carriage of Perishable Foodstuffs and on the Equipment to be used for such Carriage


Agrotechnological Research Institute


Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the US Department of Agriculture


Australian Department of Health - Wood Treatment Regulations