Cargo containers in transit

1 – 5 Refer to Basic Requirements of Inspection for consignments in transit depending on the point of entry (port or airport)
6 Examine the manifest (Step 1 of Basic Requirements) and identify the containers that are required to be held in transit. Use a highlighter pen to mark the manifest.
7 After identification of the containers, examine them externally for soil and other pests. If free of these, ensure that they are either stored in the secure quarantine area at the point of entry (port or airport)  or are immediately transported securely to the point of exit (port or airport). Go to Step 9.

If contaminants are found in the container, it may not be permitted entry and must be cleaned before any movement to an area other than the point of entry can be permitted.

8 Monitor the operations of the container area of the other responsible authorities (customs, airport and port authorities) and report any cases of non-compliance to the senior biosecurity officer.
9 Ensure that the container is transferred by secure truck to the point of exit, and that arrangements for security meet the national standards.

Complete the transport section of the transit/detention documentation.

10 At the point of exit ensure that the container is offloaded in a secure manner and that the container identification numbers comply with the consignment details.

The container may be detained in the secure facilities at the point of exit (port or airport). If so, go to Step 11.


immediately exported. If so, go to Step 12.

11 Monitor the security of the container in the secure container area as required.
12 Arrange for the container to be removed from the secure quarantine area and transferred to the aircraft or ship for departure.

Complete the export section of the transit/detention documentation.

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