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Safety first - Dangerous Goods and Container Inspection Policy
Safety first - Dangerous Goods and Container Inspection Policy
July 31, 2019
Dear Valued Customer,

We are aware that there has been an increasing number of news on marine incidents being reported in 2019, many of which were suspected of potentially carrying un-declared and/ or mis-declared hazardous cargo.

To ensure safety compliance on shore and at sea are met, OOCL will strengthen our Dangerous Cargo acceptance and container inspection policy by imposing additional verification before loading through selective or random inspections on DG and potential DG cargo.

It is the responsibility of all stakeholders in the carriage of goods to ensure all hazardous cargo are properly declared and handled according to the IMDG regulations. We respectfully request our customers to provide OOCL with accurate and complete cargo information, and confirm all dangerous goods are properly classified, packed, marked, labelled, placarded, and documented for safe storage, handling, and transportation according to the applicable international and national regulation.

For certain commodities, we may request additional information or documents for verification purposes. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding in this important safety and security matter.

Any inconsistencies between the declared cargo in the documents and what is physically inside the container will result in a Hazardous Cargo Misdeclaration Fee. Depending on the type of deficiencies found in such a shipment, the container may be put out of service and the cargo may be put on hold where penalties may be imposed, and charges associated with the misdeclaration will be on the shipper’s account.

We hope that the strengthening of our inspection procedures will ensure that dangerous goods are transported safely with minimal impact to customers.

We thank you for your kind understanding and cooperation.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact our customer service representatives.
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