GLOSSARY

Container Seals

Container seals, or seals for short, are 'one-time door locks' used to secure goods containers. Each seal-lock can be used only once. Seals are numbered for record and security purposes, minimize the risk of unauthorized access and manipulation to the container contents. After a container is stuffed, the seal must be applied and the number documented. Heavy-duty container seals are designed to withstand natural elements and last the entire voyage of the container until it is removed by the customer at the destination. Unbroken seal can be a proof of integrity.

What is Container Seals?

Container seals, or seals for short, are 'one-time door locks' used to secure goods containers. Each seal-lock can be used only once. Seals are numbered for record and security purposes, minimize the risk of unauthorized access and manipulation to the container contents. After a container is stuffed, the seal must be applied and the number documented. Heavy-duty container seals are designed to withstand natural elements and last the entire voyage of the container until it is removed by the customer at the destination. Unbroken seal can be a proof of integrity.

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Key takeaways:

Maritime containers also need to be secured and locked to prevent pilferage and tampering of the goods within, while on its way to its destination.

Once sealed, the seal cannot be opened without cutting it. Since it can only be removed once, this ensures that the container remains unopened until it has been delivered to the recipient.

Before removing the container seal, the customer has to ensure that it is intact and has not been tampered with.

Container seals are of different types. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and price range. Each seal has a unique alphanumeric identification number that is used to confirm that it has not been changed during the container’s voyage.

Container seals are typically used on ocean containers, rail cars and long-haul trucks.

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Two Common Types of Container Seals:

1.Bullet or Bolt container seal

2.Cable container seal

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Criteria for determining the best seal for your application:

Determine if an indicative or barrier seal is required.

If using a barrier seal, determine what strength level is needed.

Make sure that the seal type that you choose fits the device.

Choose a seal that has the appropriate level of strength and security.

Measure seal cost vs. security risks.

Use a manageable locking system considering the tools and resources you have at your disposal.

Consider the durability of the seal in relation to its environment.

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When is a seal better than a lock:

When you need to know if a package or door has been opened.

When it’s a matter of national security.

When your shipment needs to be opened in a hurry.

When you only need to keep something secure for the duration of a shipment.

When your Dangerous Goods will be exposed to extreme environmental conditions.

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Notes:

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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