Global groups collaborate on container safety improvements

Five international freight transport and cargo handling organisations have collaborated on the production of new guidance on packing standards for freight containers and other cargo transport units.

The Container Owners Association, the Global Shippers Forum, the International Cargo Handling Co-ordination Association, the TT Club and the World Shipping Council are co-operating on a range of activities to further the adoption and implementation of crucial safety practices throughout the global supply chain.

The five organizations have published a ‘Quick Guide’ to the UN sponsored Code of Practice for Packing of Cargo Transport Units (the CTU Code), together with a Checklist of actions and responsibilities for the guidance of those undertaking the packing of cargoes in freight containers specifically.

The organizations are working together as the Cargo Integrity Group and have identified four areas of activity to raise the awareness and improve understanding of safe cargo packing practices:

1. Promoting awareness and adoption of the CTU Code

2. Seeking changes in regulatory requirements to improve their clarity, application, implementation and enforcement, including to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code

3. Monitoring of CTU packing performance through support for strengthened cargo screening processes and more effective container inspection regimes

4. Working with other industry and governmental stakeholders in promoting awareness and better understanding of safe cargo packing and handling practices.