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Cargo Inspection Checklist

A cargo inspection checklist is an essential document used by cargo handlers, customs officers, and other supply chain professionals to ensure the safe and secure delivery of goods. This document outlines the key elements that must be checked before the goods can be released. Use this cargo inspection checklist to validate shipping documents with container contents, check the container before and after packing the cargo and inspect the cargo hold prior to loading.

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Cargo Inspection Checklist
Shipping Documents
Proforma Invoice
Commercial Invoice
Packing List
Certificates of Origin
Shipper's Letter of Instruction
Bills of Lading
Dangerous Goods Forms
Type of Container
Specify
Are stanchions complete and correctly fitted?
Are all lashing belts present?
Are stanchions complete and correctly fitted?
Are roof bows complete and correctly fitted?
Are tarpaulins undamaged and fit properly?
Are the end of tarpaulin ropes undamaged?
Are all roof eyes present?
Are roof bows complete and correctly fitted?
Are tarpaulins undamaged and fit properly?
Are the end of tarpaulin ropes undamaged?
Are all roof eyes present?
Is the roof undamaged?
Does the roof locking mechanism fit and operate properly?
Is the roof undamaged?
Does the roof locking mechanism fit and operate properly?
Is the roof undamaged?
Does the roof locking mechanism fit and operate properly?
Is the correct temperature set?
Is the temperature recorder running and displaying the temperature?
Is the correct temperature set?
Is the temperature recorder running and displaying the temperature?
Type of Cargo
Before Packing
Outside of Container
Are there no holes or cracks in walls or roof?
Do doors operate properly?
Do closing devices operate properly?
Are there no adhesive labels from the previous cargo?
Inside of Container
Is the container watertight? Test method: enter the container, close both doors tightly and look for incoming light (e.g. through cracks, holes, door gaskets, etc.)
Is the container interior absolutely dry? (Wipe up any condensation or white frost in order to avoid corrosion and moisture damage of the cargo.)
Is the container clean, free of cargo residue and neutral in odor?
Are there no nails or other protrusions which could damage the cargo?
After Packing
Is the container packed appropriately for the cargo and anticipated transit stresses?
Is a copy of the packing list placed in a highly visible location inside the container?
Is lumber used as a packaging material?
It may, under certain circumstances, be necessary to comply with the quarantine regulations of the country of destination and a phytosanitary certificate or proof that the lumber has been treated may have to be placed conspicuously in the container. Information may be obtained from the phytosanitary authorities of the countries concerned.
Are the doors and, if applicable, roof covering carefully closed? (Strong steel wire cables, padlocks or high-security seals provide protection from cargo theft.)
Are closures secured with metal and other seals in order to reduce the risk of theft?
Are old adhesive labels removed?
Prior to Loading
Type of Holds
Specify
Type of Hatch Covers
Specify
Rubber Gaskets
Compression Bars
Draining Canals/Holes/Pipes
Wedges/Cleats
Trimming Holes on Hatch Covers
Hatch Coaming
Tightness of Moveable Bulkhead
Hold Ventilation Closed
Entrance Hatches/Ladders
Bilges Empty
Heat Sources (lights, engines/pipelines, etc.)
Availability of Stevedores Platform
Electric Circuits/Lights in the Holds Turned Off
Ultrasound Leak Detector Test
Sign-Off
Additional Observations
Inspector Name & Signature
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Ensure Secure Transport with a Comprehensive Cargo Inspection Checklist


A cargo inspection checklist is a document that is used to verify the condition of cargo and its contents before it is shipped. It is designed to ensure the safety and integrity of the cargo and its contents during transit. The inspection checklist typically includes a number of items that must be verified before the cargo is shipped. This list can include the cargo’s weight and volume, the condition of the packing material, the security of the cargo, and other items related to the cargo’s transit. The cargo inspection checklist also typically includes items such as the nature of the goods, the quantity of the goods, the condition of the goods, the packaging of the goods, and any additional documentation or paperwork. The cargo inspection checklist can be customized to meet your business’s specific needs.

Please note that this checklist template is a hypothetical appuses-hero example and provides only standard information. The template does not aim to replace, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice, medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, or any other applicable law. You should seek your professional advice to determine whether the use of such a checklist is appropriate in your workplace or jurisdiction.
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