Container inspections

on-site in Finland

Containers are the backbone of freight transport. A container in good working condition that is safe is the foundation of an effective logistics chain. A container in bad condition can damage the cargo and harm people and the environment.

Container strength, structures and condition is monitored in accordance with the international CSC 1972 agreement. In Finland, a container is to fulfil the safety provisions stated in the Container Act (762/1998) and the Container Regulation (1145/1998). The owner of the container is required to look after the containers as required by law.

The first container inspector in Finland

DEKRA is the first inspection agency in Finland approved by Tukes and is authorised to inspect containers used in international transport in accordance with the Container Act. As a sign of approval, the container has a CSC plate, which also includes the information on the container's subsequent inspections.


In accordance with the authorisation granted by Tukes in August 2015, DEKRA services include the structural inspection of standard and storage containers in addition to the scheduled inspections of pressure equipment and hazardous materials containers.  We also perform qualification approvals and approve the inspection programmes used by container owners.

Scheduled inspection

The first scheduled inspection must be completed within five years of manufacture. Subsequent scheduled inspections must be completed by no more than 30-month intervals. The structure of the container is visually inspected both from the inside and outside of the container.   It must be watertight and lightproof, comply with ISO dimensions and the markings and plates must conform to requirements. Dents, bulges, rust and other deformities must be within acceptable ranges. All cracks, tears, holes, missing parts etc. are usually faults that will lead to a failed inspection. The container must also be clear of any organic or toxic materials. We use IICL-5 and ITCO ACC instructions for scheduled inspections. Following the instructions ensures that the legal safety requirements are fulfilled.

Inspection programme approvals

We can approve owners’ Approved Continuous Examination Programmes (ACEP) that fulfil the safety requirements of the container regulation in the Container Act. An ACEP can be used in lieu of scheduled inspections performed by inspection agencies. The ACEP must ensure at least the same level of safety as is achieved with a programme based on scheduled inspections.  We conduct scheduled inspections on approved programmes to ensure they are being followed.

Qualification approvals

We can issue CSC qualification approvals for containers manufactured or modified in Finland and intended for international traffic. We verify that the safety regulations specified in the ISO 1496 standard are fulfilled in the design, manufacture and testing of the container. The qualification approval process begins with reviewing the documents associated with the application, plans, drawings, calculations and other documents significant to determining conformity. Once the plans have been approved, we authorise the manufacture of a prototype, which will be subjected to the required testing for the container type under the supervision of our inspectors. Following the approved tests, we issue the final qualification for the container. This is indicated by the manufacturer being entitled to attach the CSC safety marking on the containers.

IICL = Institution of International Container Lessors
ITCO = International Tank Container Organization

Contact us

Roni Kotiluoto
+358 40 778 2615
Tuupakankuja 1, 01740 Vantaa