A coalition of leading cargo industry organisations representing a broad spectrum of the global supply chain is continuing its campaign for safer practices in packing freight containers and other cargo transport units (CTUs). During a meeting held at the IMO during London International Shipping Week, the group asked delegates of IMO member states to communicate the content, to encourage and oversee the use of the IMO/ILO/UNECE Code of Practice for Packing of Cargo Transport Units (CTU Code) within their jurisdictions.
The coalition comprised of Global Shippers Forum (GSF), ICHCA International, TT Club and World Shipping Council (WSC) recognize the challenges in enshrined the best practices in CTU Code to the majority of those involved in packing containers around the world. A lack of training, language problems, the sheer density of the information contained in the Code, dramatic variations in the types of cargo now being carried in containers and the complexities of international supply chains are among the myriad of challenges facing the industry in achieving widespread adoption. However, this coalition of industry bodies is determined to advance towards their goal and emphasize once more the crucial role that IMO member states should play in supporting their efforts.