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Function of the terminal-check-in

The main purpose of terminal-check-in is to identify and document any possible damage or defects in a loading unit sent by road. The aim is to have consistent, end-to-end damage documentation throughout the chain of transport. During terminal-check-in the loading unit is also inspected to make sure that it is fit for handling and forwarding. This means that loading units sent by road are first inspected on arrival by check-in staff, to ensure that they are able to be transported and handled, before a final inspection by the relevant rail transport company prior to departure by rail. Any potential transport hitches can be detected as soon as the loading unit is delivered. Ideally, the problem can be sorted out on the spot, thus avoiding a refusal to transport the loading unit by rail.

Examples of common defects or damage leading to a refusal to transport are:
  • Missing or invalid identification code or hazardous goods marking.
  • Load shift, caused by missing plug-in panels and inadequate securing of freight.
  • Damage to customs labels or missing customs seals.
  • Open or inadequately secured doors and tarpaulins.
  • Serious damage to longitudinal recesses or container corners.
Please note that the relevant railway transport operator reserves the right to a final inspection of, and decision on, the suitability for dispatch of the loading unit.
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