Freight Containers - Coding, Identification and Marking
|Publication Date:||1 January 1995|
|ICS Code (General purpose containers):||55.180.10|
This international Standard provides a system for the identification and presentation of information about freight containers. The identification system is intended for general application, for example in documentation, control and communications (including automatic data processing systems), as well as for display on the containers themselves.
The methods of displaying identification and certain other data (including operational data) on containers by means of permanent marks are included.
This International Standard specifies:
a) a container identification system, with an associated system for verifying the accuracy of its use, having:
- mandatory marks for the presentation of the identification system for visual interpretation, and
- features to be used in optional Automatic Equipment Identification (AEI) and electronic data interchange (EDI);
b) a coding system for data on container size and type, with corresponding marks for their display;
c) operational marks, both mandatory and optional;
d) physical presentation of marks on the container.
The terms "mandatory" and "optional" in this International Standard are used to differentiate those IS0 marking provisions which shall necessarily be fulfilled by all containers from those which are not required of all containers. The optional marks are included to further comprehension and promote uniform application of the optional mark. If a choice has been made to display an optional mark, the provisions laid down in this International Standard relating to the mark shall be applied. The terms "mandatory" and "optional" do not refer to requirements of any regulatory body.
This International Standard applies to all freight containers covered by International Standards IS0 668, parts 1 to 5 of IS0 1496, IS0 8323 and should, wherever appropriate and practicable, be applied:
- to containers other than those covered by the International Standards mentioned in clause 2;
- to container-related and/or detachable equipment.
NOTE 1 Containers marked according to previous editions of IS0 6346 need not be re-marked.
This International Standard does not cover temporary operational marks of any kind, permanent marks, data plates, etc. which may be required by intergovernmental agreements, national legislation or nongovernmental organizations other than ISO.
NOTE 2 Some of the major international conventions whose container-marking requirements are not covered in this International Standard are as follows:
- International Convention for Safe Containers (UN/IMO 1992);
- Customs Convention on Containers 1956 and 1972:
- Customs Convention on International Movement of Goods under Cover of TIR Carnets (TIR Convention) 1959 and 1975.
It should not be assumed that this list is exhaustive.
This International Standard does not cover the display of technical data on tank containers (see ISO 1496-31, nor does it, in any way, include identification marks or safety signs for items of cargo which may be carried in freight containers.