Specifications for sea freight container inspection stands

The specifications for Sea Freight Container Inspection Stands (the specifications) outlines the design and maintenance requirements of support structures (stands) for sea freight containers, provided by other premises such as Approved Arrangement sites. It is applicable to stands used by Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment officers to inspect the undersides of sea freight containers for potential biosecurity risk material.

From 1 February 2020, all sea container inspection stands must be inspected and certified by an Engineers Australia (EA) assessed engineer, as set out in the specifications, prior to being approved by the department for use.

Site operators are responsible for ensuring that stands are used in a safe environment, and located on a suitable hardstand surface. Site operators are also responsible for conducting a visual inspection of mobile stands after each movement to confirm no obvious faults have resulted from the move.

Where can I get further information?

Further information regarding engineer qualifications and assessment, as well as stand inspection/maintenance schedules, please refer to specification sections 6.1 Qualifications, competencies and requirements, and 6.2 Inspection and maintenance schedule.    

For further information regarding the specifications for sea freight container inspection stands, email: seafreightstands@awe.gov.au by phone: 1800 900 090.

Engineers Australia can be contacted directly regarding the assessment process and for a list of assessed engineers email: seafreight@engineersaustralia.org.au

The department also provides information on changes to import requirements, through our Import Industry Advice Notices. Click to subscribe to Import Industry Advice Notices.

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​Specifications for sea freight container inspection stands PDF  24 1.2 MB
Specifications for sea freight container inspection stands DOCX  24 832 KB
Appendix A – Statement of Certification DOCX  4 71 KB
Appendix B – Accident and Inspection Report DOCX  5 75 KB

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Last reviewed: 28 May 2020
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