Publications and Tools

Since 1971, IICL has published over 50,000 copies of 20 publications covering container inspection, repair, cleaning and refurbishment, chassis inspection and maintenance, and other topics. IICL manuals have been distributed to over 3,000 companies in over 80 countries across the globe.


Publications on Containers

  • Guide for Container Equipment Inspection, 6th edition ("IICL-6") (September 2016)
    Provides criteria for determining if damage to containers requires repair. Published in 2016, the criteria applies both for on/off-hire and in-service inspections. The Guide was developed by IICL Technology Committee (TC) to update and harmonize several inspection criteria and processes that had developed over recent years. Benefits of the IICL standard include the simplification and efficiency improvement of procedures for container inspections performed at container depots around the world.

    Technical Bulletin G5. Amendment to the Guide for Container Equipment Inspection, 5th Edition ("IICL-5") (SEPTEMBER 2000)
    Included as an amendment in all copies of the Guide for Container Equipment Inspection, Fifth edition, sold since October 1, 2000.

    If you are using a Guide bought prior to that date, you may download it free by clicking on it below:

    Technical Bulletin G5 pdf
    The bulletin cancels IICL-5 criteria relating to cleanliness, as they have been superseded by the second edition of the General Guide for Container Cleaning (see publication below).

  • Repair Manual for Steel Freight Containers, 5th edition (March 2006)
    Contains recommendations for repair of steel containers, many presented by means of color photographs. Covers general repair principles and procedures, repair of individual container components, safety precautions, materials and tools, non-conforming and improper repairs, terminology and interpretation of ISO dimensions.

    Technical Bulletin S2. Appendix E: Surface Preparation and Painting: An Addendum to the Repair Manual for Steel Freight Containers (Fifth Edition) (JUNE 2000)

    If you are using a Repair Manual bought prior to July 15, 2000, you may download this addendum free below:

    Technical Bulletin S2 pdf
    The bulletin includes information on surface preparation and coating.

  • General Guide for Container Cleaning, 2nd edition (May 2000)
    This Guide uses color photographs to illustrate different types of container conditions in dry van, open top and refrigerated containers that may or may not require cleaning. For each condition, the Guide recommends the action to be taken, if any, and the cleaning procedure to use, if the container requires cleaning. Areas covered include general principles for determining when to clean, possible harmful contamination and recommended action, and recommended cleaning methods for all types of conditions.
  • Guide for Open Top Container Equipment Inspection (November 2005)
    Provides careful and structured procedures for the inspection of open top containers. The guide was developed to address not only the inspection of components but also the cleaning decisions specific to these containers. The manual also provides several diagrams detailing the configuration of open top container components, damage conditions, and cleanliness criteria and recommended actions.
  • Guide for Flatrack Container Inspection (August 2003)
    Describes the best practices for inspecting and repairing flatrack containers. The guide includes specific criteria for determining if a flatrack requires repair and also recommends repair procedures for certain components. The manual also describes flatrack construction, usage and lifting requirements, and provides several diagrams of flatrack types, individual components and correct/incorrect lifting methods.
  • Guide for Flatrack Container Repair (June 2008)
    The IICL has developed a Flatrack Repair manual to offer a comprehensive instruction for repairs to flatracks in service today. The manual is unique in that in includes various photo essays for the complex repairs of critical structural components unique to this equipment type.
  • Supplement on Inspection and Repair: Gray Areas, 2nd edition (2003)
    Clarifies "gray areas" in container inspection and repair that have remained open to interpretation and thus the source of disputes. Such areas include conditions where it is unclear whether repair is required or not; wear and tear vs. damage; improper repairs; and others. Color photos illustrate conditions such as improper panel straightening, floor delamination and rolling shear failure.
  • International Convention for Safe Containers Manual, (CSC) (1972) — Available in English, Spanish & French
    Explains the Convention's provisions for the periodic inspection of containers, ACEP inspections, original approval and administration, including enforcement.


Publications on Refrigerated Containers

  • General Guide for Refrigerated Container Inspection and Repair, 4th Edition (December 2016)
    Contains the most current IICL inspection criteria and repair recommendations for reefer containers. The 4th edition of the manual is the result of extensive work by the IICL Technical Committee (TC) to update the inspection criteria and repair processes to reflect the design and technologies that have been developed over recent years.


Publications on Chassis

  • Guide for Container Chassis Inspection & Maintenance, 4th edition (May 2006)
    Provides instruction on how to inspect chassis and criteria for determining if damage to chassis requires repair. Includes latest USDOT regulations, including rules on conspicuity, automatic brake systems and automatic slack adjustors. Illustrated by 59 new photographs of typical damage and numerous diagrams. Includes information on chassis types, design, damage vs. wear and terminology. Sets forth components to be inspected daily, monthly and annually with inspection criteria for each component, including FHWA requirements and maintenance procedures when required. Photocopies of inspection forms supplement this manual.


Other Publications

  • Guide for Floorboard Quality Assurance Program (IICL Technical Bulletin 006)
    This guide provides a procedure and guidance for the quality assurance auditing of plywood mills that supply container flooring. The procedure focuses on the steps in the plywood manufacturing process that are most critical to the production of high quality container flooring. Although there are variations in the production process among plywood mills, the critical manufacturing process steps address in this procedure are common to all plywood manufacturing and the control of these processes is the key to producing a quality product.


Damage Measurement Tools

Damage measurement requires a certain number of tools. The inspector should keep these tools on hand at all times when inspecting a container. Basic measurement tools consist of the following:

  1. Retractable reference line of at leas 2.9 meters (9.5 feet) with magnet attached at the end.
  2. Damage scale. This generally consists of a ruler of at least 150 mm (6 inches) long.
  3. Corrosion testing hammer (having a tapered end with a rounded point)

These tools are an essential component for an inspector to carry with him during the inspection process.

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