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Sealing of closed wagons

Closed wagons must be transported with a seal, in order to prevent misunderstanding about the nature and size of the shipment upon departure, whilst being transported and upon arrival, for example.

Sealing is also important when applying the Simplified Transit by Rail Regulations (Regeling Vereenvoudigd Douanevervoer per Spoor) (CIM consignment note as a transit document) and other situations in which sealing is a statutory requirement.

The closed wagons are preferably sealed immediately after loading. Where and how a railway carriage must be sealed is stated in a manual (containing photographs) that can be found on our website. Once the seals have been applied, the number must be stated on the consignment note (in the "goods description" box). You should (preferably) state that number when submitting the shipping order. See also CIM 1999, article 7 paragraph 2 h (" ….. the consignment note must also contain the following information: the quantity recorded by the shipper and the description of the seals he has applied to the railway carriage").

If goods are being transported through customs, and sealing is compulsory in accordance with customs legislation, the seal must also have been approved by customs.

Should shipments nevertheless be presented for transportation in locked railway carriages with no seals, DB Cargo will apply the seals before departure, as well as covering any associated costs. See also the General Terms and Conditions of DB Cargo Nederland.