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Before stowing the container, ensure that:

  •  The cargo was pre-cooled to the required temperature.
  •  The​ container's external body and door gaskets are intact.
  •  The container is internally intact, clean, and odorless.
  •  The container floor and grooves are clean and not blocked by any obstacles.
  •  All four drainage openings are unblocked.
  •  All data (stowage date, temperature, vessel and voyage) has been recorded on the chart
     and/or on the ZIM sticker.
  •  The required temperature and air vent settings are stated clearly
Stowing the Container:
  • Stowing the cargo must be done quickly and efficiently and the surface/pallet packing must be
    kept intact.
  • The surfaces/pallets should not be stacked by a fuel motor forklift as its gas emissions may 
    damage the cargo.
  • If hte packing is damaged during stowage, do not load the produce.
  • Damaged fruit may have a bad effect on the rest of the fruit in the container.
  • The container should be opened as close as possible to the cold warehouse. The refrigeration 
    unit should not be operated prior to/or during stowing.
  • After closing the container, the refrigeration unit should be activated.
  • The only person authorized to lock the container with a security seal is the storage person
    (not ​a driver or any other party). The container seal number must not be uncovered and should be clear and legible
To ensure uninterrupted airflow: 
  • Do not leave excess space between the cargos.
  • Do not leave excess space in front of the door.
  • Do not leave excess space in front of the machinery.
  • Leave enough space between the cargo and the doors to allow unhindered air circulation.
  • Do not stow goods above the red line.
  • The air vents should be set according to your requirements.
Before moving the container to the Port/Terminal, ensure that:
  • The container is in good working order.
  • If you have ordered a generator, ensure that it is in good working order and that the fuel tank is full.
  • The temperature has been set as required.
  • Air vent openings have been set as required.
  • The container is sealed with a high security seal.
  • The stickers are applied as required.
  • The driver is instructed that it is his duty to ensure that the container is working throughout the land transportation leg and that in case of any mishap he must report the incident  immediately and recieve proper instructions.

​​​ When delivering the container at the Port/Terminal, the driver should ensure that:

  • During the waiting period at the entrance to the terminal/port the container is in good working order.
  • After discharge at the terminal/port, the container is connected to the electricity source immediately.

Est. 1951

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