High Security Seals Required for All US Inbound Containers Starting October 15

September 30, 2008
By Michelle Kelley

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Effective October 15, all U.S. inbound maritime containers must use high security bolt seals that meet the International Organization for Standardization Publicly Available Specification 17712 (ISO/PAS 17712).

All shipments that do not meet this sealing requirement will be rejected. U.S. Customs may also assess a civil penalty for non-compliance.

Mohawk is already fully compliant with these requirements. All containers loaded at our facilities will have the required seals. We strongly encourage all clients to confirm with their suppliers that the required seals are being used.

ISO/PAS 17712 Overview

ISO/PAS 17712 requires freight container seals to meet or exceed certain standards for strength and durability, so as to prevent accidental breakage, early deterioration (due to weather conditions, chemical action, etc.) or undetectable tampering under normal usage. Seals must also be clearly marked with a unique identification number.

C-TPAT Carriers Already Meet Requirements

Since March 2006, U.S. Customs has required all C-TPAT (Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) participating ocean carriers to use seals that meet or exceed ISO/PAS 17712 standards.

Please visit the links below to view the security policies of several C-TPAT participating ocean carriers.

Evergreen Line
Maersk Line