01 June 2014
All import containers must be clean and free from any rubbish, dunnage or contamination of any nature prior to return to the de-hire depots. Likewise any damages noted upon unpack of the containers should be brought to our attention immediately, so we can advise the shipping line accordingly.
For those customers shipping full container loads (FCLs) you need to be aware that when it comes to container damage, all suppliers have a responsibility to inspect the container prior to loading. From a claims perspective, if a container is packed and presented for shipping, the supplier, by default, is effectively advising the Shipping Line that the container is free from damage.
Therefore when the container is de-hired in NZ and there is damage found, any costs incurred are accounted by the consignee according to the terms and conditions on the bill of lading.
Suppliers need to be aware to inspect every container and reject them prior to use or advise the forwarder / shipping line if there is any damage. This includes visible rust, markings or damage to the floor and holes of any nature.
Shipping lines are seeking recovery of the costs associated with cleaning and repairs of containers with increasing frequency, as they advise that this is an expense that they can no longer sustain and ultimately it is the importer's responsibility to return the containers in a clean condition, regardless of where the contamination has originated.
Therefore should we receive any invoices from the shipping lines for costs associated with container cleaning or repair, unfortunately we will have to pass these on. They will be billed at cost.
We thank you in advance for your understanding in this matter.