In the recent past, incidences of drug trafficking have increased in number. One of the reasons being that the perpetrators of this crime have been gaining a continued support from the ports; however, drugs have not been the only thing being smuggled, automobiles, machinery, electrical appliance and many gadgets have found themselves down the same path. This called for the need to establish policies to curb this moral decadency, hence the establishment of inspection markings.
What are inspection markings?
Inspection markings are basically a stamp imprinted on a cargo frame, that stipulates the criteria in which the good there in fall under. Different goods have different inspection markings, but an offshore cargo frame that follows EN 12079 standards and regulations will have it.Therefore,it would be easy to identify a smuggled good, as it may possess an embodiment that it is not entitled to.
How it works
In the long run, the process has to follow a precise procedure. This is governed by the IMO standards like MDG Code and CSC. The scrutiny for compliance involves chronological order of below succinctly vital documentation and service:
· Documentation. This may include the appropriate branding to use, the legal documents appertaining to the good and even payment slips;
· An International Convention for Safe Containers (CSC) Safety Approval Plate, as well as platting in accordance with the IMDG code for portable tanks;
· Marking of CTUs as well as their placarding;
· marking of the individual packages;
· packaging of the marked goods, irrespective of their state( obsolete or mistaken identity);
· use of portable tanks or road tank vehicles;
· ensuring security and stowage of the freight containers, automobiles and other CTUs;
· cargo classification, where cargos with similar markings are put together;
· An Approved Continuous Examination Program (ACEP) or Periodic Examination Scheme (PES) label;
· Structural deficienciesbased on the resolution MSC.310(88);
· Tie-down attachments of road tank vehicles, since some countries are landlocked hence have inshore ports;
Types of inspection
With the approved methodology, it would be important to understand its formulation. There are two basic inspection means. These are:
· Door End Inspection
A door end inspection basically entails visual inspection of goods. The contents there in are virtually inspected on any incidence of opening of the cargo. This is done without the breakage of the cargo’s door end.
· Tailgate Inspection
An internal assessment of the goods is done using this method. This starts from the door sill to the imaginary plane that is established a minute distance from the first meter of the cargo frame or the first tier.
Targeting methodology on the possibility of smuggled goods
The sea being the most common means of smuggling goods, officials have put the inspection marking policy on the front line. For instance, the shipment that have a record of indulging in subsequent smuggling are to be given a higher inspection priority. Moreover, those shipments that have no markings on their containers are indeed potential outliers, which certainly contain the smuggled goods, these should be checked keenly.
Moreover, a targeted selection method, be it end to end or tail gate inspection should be used if necessary, to isolate that smuggled cargo. In short, the inspection of goods should go in accordance with the stipulated laws and an assist from historical encounters, to prevent any unwanted incidences.
Government’s final verdict
Any goods that are deemed of smuggling are to be kept on hold and those implicated of the act are to be penalized, in accordance with the IMDG code