the packing and unpacking of containers usually takes place at shore terminals or at the address of the shipper or consignee. Prior to loading on board the vessel, a valid Container Packing Certificate must be received as evidence that the goods have been packed in such a way as to withstand carriage at sea. It is also a security check that the unit does not contain contraband goods and that the merchandise is as what is described on the certificate. Container units are now electronically scanned at entry to many shipping terminals.
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