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Call for united front on cargo safety

During a session of the Intermodal Europe Conference in Amsterdam today, four industry organisations representing different sectors of the supply chain drew attention to the responsibilities of container owners and operators in providing equipment that is fit for purpose and properly packed with cargo.

The Global Shippers Forum (GSF), ICHCA International, TT Club and the World Shipping Council (WSC) have for some months been working together to improve safety through a focus on cargo integrity.

The responsibilities they were addressing are set out in the Cargo Transport Unit (CTU) Code, a joint publication of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

The specific aim of the session was to promote wider use of the CTU Code, for correct packing and securing of all CTUs.

“The Code calls for effective interaction between the shipper, who is responsible for specifying requirements for the type of equipment suitable for the cargo intended to be carried, and the container operator, in providing units that satisfy such requirements,” said ICHCA.

“Faulty and badly maintained units may have as serious ramifications as incorrect and deficient packing of cargo inside the units.”

The session also included discusiongs around improved standards of declaration and handling of dangerous goods together with steps to prevent pest contamination.

“Engagement with governments and industry groups representing the diverse mix of supply chain stakeholders is one of our primary goals,” explained TT Club’s Peregrine Storrs-Fox.

“Through communication and understanding of the safety issues comes a wider implementation of the CTU Code and other best practices aimed at cargo and environmental safety.  To this end we urge regulatory and advisory bodies as well as associations to unite with us in spreading the good word.” the club said.

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