Before loading, each container is thoroughly inspected according to C-TPAT (Customs-Trade Partnership against Terrorism) guidelines. If an irregularity is observed, it must be immediately reported to C-TPAT. If the loading equipment is deemed too dirty or damaged, it can be returned to the depot or cleaned on site.
A blower is used while loading to eliminate a maximum of dead needles on the floor. Tree stumps are scrubbed with a steel brush to remove all soil. Bad weeds or any other material harboring harmful organisms are removed. Pruning shears are made available to cut off undesirable branches.
Loading at night is kept to a minimum and any necessary lighting must be directed away from the interior of the box to prevent the introduction of undesirable insects.
If requested on an import permit, a fumigation treatment, usually with pyrethrin, can be applied to the shipment.