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What is a Container Seal
Container seals are door seals that are put on international shipping containers once a shipment is loaded. This seal is meant to stay on through to the container's final destination and is removed by the consignee. They can either be a bolt seal or a cable seal and each has its own unique number as identification that is listed on the shipping paperwork.
The most important part of having the seal, besides having it unbroken during shipping, is that it is put in the correct place on the container. A shipping container has two doors and a lock rod on each door. A seal must be placed on either both lock rods or just the right door since that is the door that will open first. If for some reason the container is opened in transit, this seal will be broken and the shipper will be able to tell.
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How to seal a container
From embossed wire seals to plastic and metal tape seals to plastic and metal bullets sealed to the padlock everything has been used so far to protect the valuable cargo in the container shipment.
According to the shipping line or the exporter and the required level of protection, many containers carry any of these types of seals. But most importantly, the seal is present in the container and it is placed in the right place.
What is the right place. Each door of the container has a two-bolt. The door on the left closes first, then the right door. Therefore, the effective position of the seal needs to be placed on the correct door and must be opened first. Either in one or two of the lock rods. You can add a seal to the left door if you want, but it really doesn't matter unless the goods are not taken out through a door.
The receiver of the container must ensure that the seal number/manifest shown on the bill of lading and the number rendered on the container at the time of receipt are identical, including if there is a prefix or something on the seal.
If the bill of lading/manifest and physical seals do not match, they shall immediately notice the shipping line of the same and any possible claim situation. It is also advisable to carry out joint investigation of containers along with the ship's bank.
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