Container Seals are security cargo box door seals designed to secure boxes and cargo containers that are used to transport merchandise from one location to another. These container seals go through the handle on the container and can be either a bolt seal or a cable seal with unique numbers for quick and easy identification.
Characteristics of Container Seals:
* One-piece construction
* Patented tamper-resistant locking mechanism and design.
* Identically numbered and hot stamped or laser etched with a company name or logo
* Cargo Containers
* In-flight Service Carts
* Storage Equipment
* Trailers with multiple doors
There are several purposes of container seals, one of the main applications of container seals is to seal the land, air or sea containers. The use of these devices is to prevent theft of high valued goods inside the containers as well as to prevent unauthorized personnel from entering the container and tampering with the cargo.
Almost all of models of security seals can be used in these containers, but it depends on the distance and the type of products that a certain company transporting. One example is that a container that is transported by land carrying a load of plastic bottles then it is recommended that you use an indicative security seal or control seal. If the container is carrying high value goods or is crossing into the USA or through USA waters then High Security container seals are required.
The United States Customs makes Container Seals mandatory.
On August 7, 2008, the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a general notice stating that all maritime containers entering into the United States are required to be sealed with a seal meeting the ISO/PAS 17712 standard as High Security container seals
In general, the ISO/PAS 17712 requires that container seals meet or exceed a certain standard for strength and durability to prevent accidental breakage due to weather conditions, chemical actions or undetectable tampering under normal usage. The ISO/PAS 17712 also requires that each seal must be clearly and legibly marked with an identification number.
The Customs and Border Protection sealing requirements will consider loaded containers to be in violation of the 9/11 Act if they arrive by vessel at a port of United States with a seal that does not meet the ISO/PAS 17712 standard. The requirement will take effect on October 15, 2008. In these cases the Customs and Border Protection may asses a civil penalty against the party responsible for the violation for the attempted introduction of merchandise into the United States contrary to the law. However, there will be an informed compliance period before full enforcement goes into effect.
Types of containers that are exempt from this regulation:
* Non-standard containers
* Containers that simply cannot accommodate a seal meeting the ISO standard
* Empty containers
When a container has been affixed with a seal that meets or exceeds the ISO/PAS 17712 standards, and the shipper wishes to apply a supplementary, additional seal to the container to provide an enhanced level of security, such supplementary seals do not have to meet the ISO/PAS 17712 standards.
The Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism certified that companies should not be affected by this requirement. C-TPAT importers and freight forwarders currently must use seals, which meet or exceed the current ISO PAS 17712 standard. This notification simply serves to bring attention to the existing statutory requirements for the use of container seals.