Keeping your containers Certified ensures your container or containers meet international safety requirements for the structural design and ongoing inspection and maintenance of cargo containers. Every container needs to be fitted with a CSC safety approval plate showing the specifications of the container, the owner of the container and when it was manufactured or last inspected otherwise the container will not be allowed to travel at sea or via rail.



How often are containers inspected?

A new build shipping container must have the first inspection no later than 5 years from the manufactured date and then at least every 30 months until the container is decommissioned, sold to be used for static storage or is no longer able to pass the safety inspections.


What is inspected and who is responsible?

The standards that apply for safety examinations are those agreed upon between the administration of the contracting party and the container owner/operator at the time of the assignment of the ACEP approval.

Standards will vary depending on location, but usually, as a minimum, large deflections, cracks and tears, and missing parts involving structurally significant components that could present safety risks to personnel are not allowed.

Although the CSC regulations assign responsibility for examinations to the container owner; practical considerations, commercial practice, and contractual agreements transfer the responsibility to the party in possession of the container.


WESTERN CONTAINER SERVICES: CSC & R-SERIES CONTAINER COMPLIANCE

Western Containers makes sure your shipping containers will be interoperable within all Rail Heads and International Ocean Freight Terminals. Best of all, we do it fast either in our depots or conveniently on your site with our on-site CSC Inspection Services.

Other depots could keep you waiting up to 3 days for your certification. The typical turnaround time at Western Containers is just a few hours.Our surveyors have the experience and qualifications to survey to IICL-6, Cargo Worthy or R-Series for domestic rail requirements. Should our inspection/s identify any structural or other nonconforming damages, repairs can be handled promptly at our high-capacity on-site repair facilities or arrangements can be made on your behalf to repair at your most convenient site.



Speedy certifications are just part of our commitment to provide you with the highest level of customer service in the industry, along with very competitive pricing on our full range of shipping container services including CSC/R-Series Inspections, Maintenance Repairs and Spare Parts supplies.

  • The Western Container Depots are conveniently located close to both Pacific National Sydney Rail Head at Chullora and the new Linx Port Enfield Intermodal Facility. We are also just a short drive from Port Botany.
  • We boast large undercover maintenance and repair bays to ensure your inspections and repairs are completed when we promise.

Offsite CSC & R-Series Inspections

We can come to you for Container Safety Convention (CSC) and Rail Compliance (R-Series) inspections and certifications, Australia wide. To make this process smooth and easy please follow the steps below:

Step 1: Using the form below send 3 photos of your container showing all sides. see examples below

a. Close-up image of the data plate – found on the left door (Show sample photo)
b. Photo from the back of the container showing the back panel and one side of the container (Show sample photo)
c. Photo from the front of the container showing the doors and the other side of the container. (Show sample photo)

Step 2: When filling in the form below you will be asked to confirm that you have on-site equipment to lift the container for inspection of the understructure. The container must be lifted to a minium height so that the inspector can easily see understructure (Aprox 1.5-2.0m)

Step 3: Fill in the online form below and we will container with in 1 business day.


Please note: The images you send will allow our team to assess your container prior to sending an inspector. There are some occasions where we will be able to identify from the photos if a container has a higher chance of failing CSC. To save you the cost of an off-site inspection we will advise you prior to booking an inspection if we believe it might be cheaper to bring the container to a depot.


  • Please enter a number greater than or equal to 1.
  • Drop files here or
    (A) Close-up image of the data plate – found on the left door (Show sample photo). (B) Photo from the back of the container showing the back panel and one side of the container (Show sample photo) (C) Photo from the front of the container showing the doors and the other side of the container. (Show sample photo)
    NOTE: container must be lifted to a minium height so that the inspector can easily see understructure (Aprox 1.5-2.0m)

Click on the links below to see common reasons why shipping containers fail CSC inspections…

Western Containers

1300 FCL LCL

1300 325 525 or +61 2 8775 8000