Containers are fitted with lashing points, wooden floors and corrugated panels, which may be utilised together with shippers securing devices in properly securing their cargo for the ocean voyage.
Borchard Lines support the Cargo Integrity Group’s campaign to promote safe container practices and the CTU Code developed by the International Maritime Organisation, International Labour Organisation and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. It is estimated that the economic cost of poor packing practices exceeds USD 6 billion annually and the majority of these costs are avoidable by following established good practice. Cargo that is not properly packed or sufficiently secured within the container, overloaded or unevenly distributed can cause serious safety issues, for the public and those working in the supply chain, resulting in accidents, loss of life, damage to the cargo and/or third party property.
To help improve safety within the supply chain, Shippers are recommended to follow the guidelines detailed in the CTU Code. The CTU Code provides comprehensive information and references on all aspects of loading and securing of cargo in containers and other intermodal transport, taking account of the requirements of all sea and land transport modes. A copy can be found here:
The Cargo Integrity Group has also produced a packing checklist and quick guide which shippers may find useful:
CTU Code – Quick Guide
Container Packing Checklist
Further useful packing guidelines from the German marine insurers can be found here:
German Marine Insurers – Packing Guideline