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International Convention for Safe Containers

Published September 6, 1977



International Convention for Safe Containers

The International Maritime Organization and the Economic Commission for Europe developed this convention; the IMO summarizes its two main goals as “to maintain a high level of safety of human life in the transport and handling of containers by providing generally acceptable test procedures and related strength requirements. The other is to facilitate the international transport of containers by providing uniform international safety regulations, equally applicable to all modes of surface transport.  In this way, proliferation of divergent national safety regulations can be avoided.” It was adopted on December 2, 1972 and entered into force on September 6, 1977.


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