Maersk Line seals compliant with the new high security seal
Dear Valued Customer,
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), USA, has notified customers who are part of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) that effective March 1, 2012,the current International Organization for Standardization (ISO) mechanical seal standard(ISO/PAS 17712) will be replaced with a new ISO standard - ISO 17712:2010.
This applies for seals on all containers exported or imported from / into the USA.
This means that you need to ensure that seals affixed to containers as of March 1, 2012 are compliant with ISO (IS) 17712:2010.
We would like to inform and advise that all seals provided by Maersk Line worldwide are compliant with the new ISO mechanical seal standard - ISO 17712:2010.
In cases where the seals are sourced by the shipper, we request you to ensure that all seals affixed to containers are compliant with the new ISO 17712:2010 effective March 1,2012.
What the new ISO standard provides:
Testing to determine a seal’s classification for physical strength (as a barrier of entry).
Process auditing of the manufacturer’s security-related business practices.
Testing (pass/fail) of a seals ability to indicate evidence of tampering.
A new 18 mm minimum width diameter for bolt seals.
Benefits of the new seal standards include:
Reduced possibility of cargo theft or tampering.
Reduced possibility of unauthorized material being inserted into containers or other instruments of international traffic (IIT).
Reducing shipping delays that result when seals are missing or broken.