SOC container Declaration

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For any shipment for which the containers are packed and supplied by the Merchant, the Merchant is required to complete and return this declaration form to the shipping line before delivering the shipment to their warehouse. Capitalized terms not defined herein shall have the meaning given to them in forwarders' standard bill of lading SOC-container Statement.

What is a Shipper owned container (SOC) declaration or certificate?
SOC container stands for Shipper Owned Container and implies that an ISO shipping container is owned by the shipper. This way you have more flexibility in unloading, and you can save demurrage and detention fees (time to return a cargo container to the port within a short time period), which is the biggest advantage of SOC shipments. When we speak about ISO shipping containers, ISO refers to the International Organization for Standardization. An ISO container is an international intermodal container that is manufactured according to the specifications outlined by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). ISO containers are suitable to transport by ship, rail, and truck.

This SOC shipping statement comes as a declaration letter and states the shipper is shipping the load in their own (SOC) containers:
  • As Shippers or agents acting on behalf of the Shipper we, {{Company name}} hereby declare that each below mentioned unit meets all the ISO standards for freight containers, has undergone inspection in compliance with the international Convention for Safe Containers (CSC), the Australian Marine Order Part 44 or any similar reference applying in the country of loading and/or discharge, is in good condition and suitable for sea carriage and handling. 
  • The SOC is deemed to form part of the cargo description in the bill of lading or another transport document, and accordingly, any such liability will be subject to the same defenses, exemptions, exclusions, and limitations of liability as apply to the cargo itself.
  • Furthermore, we hereby undertake that in the event that any claim or legal action is made against you, your servants, and agents, we will indemnify all of you fully and hold you harmless against all consequences, claims, and costs, including all costs incurred by you as a result of defense of the proceedings,
  • The law and jurisdiction applicable shall follow the law and jurisdiction applicable to the bill of lading or other transport document issued in respect of the cargo in the respective SOC

The below details must be supplied to the Carrier or its authorized agent, prior to the pre-carriage or the delivery of the cargo and the SOC to the Marine Container Terminal.

  • Container number
  • Size
  • Type code
  • Date of manufacture
  • Next Examination date or ACEP No.
  • Maximum Gross Weight(kg)
  • Tare (kg)
  • Allowable Stacking Weight (at least 192.000kg)
  • Racking Test Load Value(at least 15.000kg)

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