Products are not accepted or rejected on the basis of conveyance temperature but rather
on the basis of internal product temperature. The opening temperature of the
conveyance is only an indication that there may be a problem.
FACTORS EVALUATED DURING INSPECTION
A list of items and factors that are evaluated during an inspection of a
conveyance/carrier follows. These will be discussed in subsequent paragraphs.
b. Air leaks.
c. Opening temperature.
d. Sanitary conditions.
e. Air circulation.
Before entering a conveyance/carrier, the doors are checked to see that they are
tight-fitting and to verify the security of the load while in transit. The inspection report
should note any discrepancies.
a. Seals and Padlocks. If seals are on the doors, the inspector records the
numbers on the inspection report. At a category I inspection point, all railroad cars should
be sealed upon arrival. Inspectors should verify the seal numbers by comparing them
with those listed in the shipping documents. Seals on trucks are optional, since the driver
is held responsible for the truck's contents. Padlocks may also be used.
b. Commercial Truck Standards. Many short-haul truck shipments arrive
without padlock or seal. Whether or not commercial trucks use seals depends on the
policy of the controlling agency.
When taking opening temperature of conveyances/carriers, the inspector should
ensure that the cargo space is completely enclosed. This can be done by closing the
doors and checking for possible air leaks while still inside. Air leaks can be identified by
light entering through sides, bottom, or top.