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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.

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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