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Container design and manufacture approval

The document below sets out the details of the arrangements that operate in Great Britain for the approval of container design and manufacture in accordance with the requirements of the Freight Containers (Safety Convention) Regulations 1984:

Any organisation that meets the conditions detailed in the document below and that wishes to be considered for appointment should contact HSE at

Those needing to have their containers approved should approach one of the appointed organisations listed below directly.

Companies appointed to approve containers

Container manufacturers must gain approval either for the design type or for individual containers. Approval is given by companies appointed by HSE or alternatively by IMO signatory Governments that have ratified, accepted, approved or acceded to the convention.

For manufacturers and owners who wish to apply for approval, the companies currently appointed to approve containers in Great Britain are:

Updated 2014-06-02