What is reefer container Pre-Trip Inspection (PTI)..?? Article based on below questions from a reader..
PTI is an inspection conducted on an empty reefer container BEFORE RELEASE, to ensure the correct functioning of the cooling unit, temperature control and recording devices.. PTI also includes checking the container for structural damage, and ensuring that the inside of the container is clean and ready in all respect to receive cargo..
Q : Reefer unit PTI ( Pre-Trip inspection) expires after 30 days, is this correct ?
A : The validity of a pre-trip service could be anything from 30 to 180 days from the date entered on the pre-trip decal depending on the shipping line.. Different shipping companies may have differing validity periods.. Therefore it is always prudent to check with the shipping line and look for the PTI sticker..
Q : If PTI expired then can unit be released without RE-PTI to Shipper ?
A : In the interest of avoiding a claim, no shipping line will release a reefer container without a valid PTI.. So if the validity of the PTI has expired, then container will be released only after a second PTI is done..
Q : Is PRE-COOL an alternate for PTI ?
A : Pre-Cool is NOT an alternative to PTI.. Pre-cooling relates to the cargo and not to the container where as PTI is related to the container.. Pre-Cool is a process whereby the products, are pre-cooled (wherever required) to the required set (carriage) temperature before being packed into the container.. This will happen at the cold-storage facility.. The longer the cargo is pre-cooled the better it is in regards to shelf life of the cargo..
Q : If we do not arrange re-PTI then any claim will be on our account?
A : A PTI is a very important function for a reefer container.. As mentioned above, in the interest of avoiding a claim, no shipping line will release a reefer container without a valid PTI..
If a PTI is not done by the line and there is a claim, the line may be liable, unless they have a written note from the shipper or forwarder or contractual party NOT to do the PTI.. There would be some indemnities involved in this case, but I have not come across any client that would ask the line NOT to do a PTI..
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Have you had any experiences to share relating to PTI..??