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Inspection of empty air cargo containers

Generally, air cargo containers are unpacked in the bond store to enable the consignments to be inspected/cleared.

The container presents a pathway by which pests may enter. They therefore require clearance and release before they can be used for export of other commodities or goods.

1 – 5 Refer to Basic Requirements
6 Ensure that all packages with commodities have been removed from the container.
7 Examine the inside and outside of the container for contamination with: seeds, grains, leaves and other plant material, insects and snails, animal residues and soil.

If clean, release the container.

8 If contamination is found, seize the container and have it removed to a safe place for cleaning.Collect specimens for identification.
9 Re-inspect after cleaning and complete the documentation for the phytosanitary procedure.

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