A Guide To Facilitate Proper Packing, Transport And Unpacking Of CTUs

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  • CTU Code is a route map for the broad industry to engage more successfully with the CTU Code and to assist wider understanding of good packing practices.
  • It Checkpoints from a container packer’s perspective.
  • It Assists in planning and executing the packing of cargo.

Working extensively with partners in the Cargo Integrity Group (COA, GSF, ICHCA, TT Club & WSC), we have compiled ‘CTU Code – a quick guide’ as a route map for the broad industry to engage more successfully with the CTU Code and to assist wider understanding of good packing practices, said the TT club in its recent article.

Container Packing Checklist

The Cargo Integrity Group has devised this added-value clear process checklist for intermodal freight containers for safe packing and avoidance of pest contamination based on the CTU Code.

Introduction

  1. The information contained in this document has been compiled with due attention to generally accepted good practice and specifically the IMO/ILO/UNECE Code of Practice for Packing of Cargo Transport Units, 2014 edition (CTU Code).  
  2. The purpose of this guide is to facilitate the proper packing, transport and unpacking of cargo transport units (CTUs). It will also help in the prevention of pest contamination and damage to CTUs and their cargoes transported by road, rail, and by ship.
  3. The use of CTUs reduces certain physical hazards to which their contents are exposed. However, improper or careless packing of cargoes, or lack of proper blocking, bracing and lashing, may result in incidents during handling or transport causing injury, damage to the cargo, the handling equipment, the transport infrastructure or the environment.
  4. The types of cargo carried in CTUs have expanded innovations in packaging, such as the use of flexitanks, and other recent developments allow heavy, bulky items, traditionally loaded directly into ships, to be carried instead in CTUs. 
  5. In addition, the general public may be at risk from a poorly packed CTU resulting in a road accident or train derailment.
  6. The information in this guide can only be of a general nature, as there are many different commodities and cargo types.
  7. It should also be noted that the guidance in this publication is recommendatory.      

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Source: ttclub

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