So, without further ado, here’s the scoop on PBO boxes…
Verifiable. First, if you chose to pack your own boxes, don’t tape them shut – the contents need to be verified for the inventory.
Responsibility & Coverage. Also, the inventory will list the box/item as PBO because 1) it is, 2) it may effect insurance coverage and 3) if there would be a security problem then the owner would be responsible and not the packing crew or agent.
Insurance. The insurance company may cover PBO boxes of non-fragile goods, like clothes, linens or books, since there is very little chance they will get broken. Obviously, PBO boxes of china, glass, and the like are not covered in an All Risk policy.
Inspection. In our 8 years for shipping we’ve had 3 container inspections at the Haifa port (none at Ashdod) and I believe they were all self-packed and self-loaded containers. Two were more of a random selections and the third, well, that made the headlines due to reasonable suspicion. (We know the details of this shipment very well and it was one big ugly misunderstanding/mistake.)
If you have any questions about PBO boxe, please send us an email at AliyahLift@gmail.com