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.
|STEP||PROCEDURE FOR INSPECTION OF EMPTY CARGO CONTAINERS|
|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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