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Container inspection services and certification scheme

Keeping your containers moving

Make sure your containers meet all regulatory requirements.

Container inspection and certification services.

In a market that is growing globally, your containers must meet all requirements for safety, stability and usability. We offer a full range of services to the container industry from new construction certification for all ISO and offshore container types to the approval of modifications and in-service inspection.

LRQA has been involved in making standards for container construction for more than 50 years. Today, millions of containers worldwide carry the LRQA Container Certification Scheme approval mark to show they meet the correct standards and regulations.

  • ISO container certification

    Our team of experts inspect and certify ISO containers according to international regulations. 

    ISO containers are required to be inspected before they are put into service, within five years of construction and after that should be inspected no more than 30 months later. This common set of safety regulations is set out by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in the Convention for Safe Containers (CSC).

    Learn more about our ISO container certification services

  • Offshore container

    As a recognised certification body by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), we can provide full life-cycle certification services for offshore containers. Giving you confidence that your offshore container is reliable and safe.

    What’s the regulation?

    Manufacturers of offshore containers must design, build, and test their products according to guidelines set out by the IMO. To meet the regulation, manufacturers can use two different standards, including ISO 10855 and "Offshore containers and associated lifting sets."

    Find out more about the Offshore container services we offer.

    Guide to understanding offshore container certification

    Download our free guide to help manufacturers, sellers and owners figure out what they need to look for in an offshore container. 

  • Tank container certification

    Tank containers often carry dangerous gases and liquids and have many types including road tanks, swap tanks, offshore tanks and modified and refurbished tanks. Our team of experts can help you ensure your tank containers are safe, no matter what the type.

    There are several codes and regulations that apply to their design and use around the world including:

    • ADR – for transportation by road
    • RID – for transportation by rail
    • IMDG – for transportation by sea
    • EN283/4 – for swap tank container framework
    • USDoT (49 CFR) – for transport by road and rail in the US
    • CSS and ISO 1496 – for tank container framework
    • TC Impact Approved – testing for use on Canadian railroads
    • UIC – registration for use on European railways
    • Tank design codes (EN 12972, EN 13530, ASME)

    For a full range of our Tank container certification services click here.

  • Supply chain container inspection programme

    Organisations who are sourcing containers from overseas want to make sure their containers will arrive exactly how they're ordered. Through our supply chain container inspection programme, you can make sure that your containers meet your specifications in areas such as:

    • Construction materials
    • Paintwork and markings
    • Dimensions (random checks)
    • General finish, welding, paintwork (including random thickness checks), floors decals, identification plates

    Even if you're not using LRQA for your certification, we can help you design a programme to meet your company's needs and arrange for the inspection wherever the containers are being manufactured.

    All our supply chain container inspection programmes come with inspection reports issued for all units, giving detailed results against the inspection criteria.

  • LRQA Container Certification Scheme (LRQACCS)

    The LRQA Container Certification Scheme (LRQACCS) makes sure your containers meet the correct regulations, so you can use them around the world.

    We've been involved in the creation of standards for containers since the early days of global shipping. The LRQACCS is a mark of quality for any container, showing it meets the correct standards and regulations.

    The goal of LRQACCS is to present container design, inspection and certification requirements in a clear and concise set of rules for both LRQA and its clients. It covers the three main types of intermodal equipment for both new construction and in-service inspection:

    • CSC/ISO/Intermodal Containers
    • Offshore containers and equipment
    • Tanks for the transport of dangerous goods

    Through the LRQACCS, we can provide assurance that equipment inspected according to its procedures and rules is safe and certified correctly.


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