The basic structural conditions used in the shipping industry are:
This is the international leasing inspection/repair standard, generally regarded as the most stringent.
CW (Cargo Worthy)
This is the standard used by most shipping lines.
WWT (Wind and Watertight)
This is a common standard used by container traders to classify containers that do not have a valid CSC Plate for shipping. Although watertight, these containers are not suitable for shipping for any number of inspection criteria.
AI (As is)
This grade classifies containers that have no guarantee that they are, or will remain, watertight or cargo worthy for any extended period of time. Often they have sustained damage that is not easily repaired such as large dents, holes or extensive, deep-seated corrosion.
The basic aesthetic conditions are used to describe the cleanliness and visual state of the container.
Used to denote the highest standard of internal cleanliness.
Generally a very clean container that won’t transfer marks to cargo.
Scuffed and marked with some rust showing.
Quite badly marked with widespread rust showing.
Boxman container grading policy
At Boxman we classify our container grading based upon a combination of both the structural and aesthetic conditions.
Because of our quality buying programme the majority of containers we sell sit in the IICL5 or CW structural categories, and we rarely hold stock in the lower C and D grade range.
Shipping a container overseas
If you are buying a container to ship overseas, then it must be fitted with a current and valid CSC Plate. CSC stands for ‘Convention for Safe Containers’ and is similar to a motor vehicle warrant of fitness.
Ask our team about validating the CSC Plate on your container if you believe it will be shipped overseas in the future.