London, 07.05.14 – ICHCA International, the NGO association for the global cargo handling industry, will be hosting The 1st ICHCA CTU Packing Roadshow at Harwich International Cruise Terminal on 3rd June. The one-day event will provide practical education on the new IMO/ILO/UNECE Code of Practice for the Packing of Cargo Transport Units (CTUs), due for release later this year.  

Developed jointly by the International Maritime Organization, International Labour Organization and United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, the new Code of Practice will be far more comprehensive than the original 1997 packing guidelines from the three influential organisations. Applicable to all types of cargo moving in containers, trailers, swap bodies and railcars, the Code will provide parties along the supply chain with information about their responsibilities, including details of how to pack and secure packages and cargo items. It also places a responsibility on the shipper to declare correctly the composition of the cargo, as well as the gross mass of the packed CTU.  

As highlighted recently by insurance company TT Club and during ICHCA's October 2013 seminar on the topic, poor CTU loading is responsible for an alarmingly high percentage of incidents along the transport chain, leading to damage, loss, injuries and fatalities.  The new Code is designed to address this, with in-depth guidelines and information for all members of the logistics chain - from shippers, cargo packers, forwarders and logistics companies through to road, rail and sea carriers, ports and terminals, depots, insurers and other cargo handling interests.  

A part of ICHCA’s “Pack It In!” campaign to promote safe packing of CTUs, the Packing Roadshow has been launched to provide practical education and advice on the contents of the new Code, its impact, and how the new guidelines can be adopted into supply chain operations. The Harwich edition will include talks by an expert panel of speakers and professionals from across the cargo chain, including Bill Brassington, owner of ETS Consulting and consultant for editing the new Code; Don Armour, Policy Advisor at the Freight Transport Association; Peregrine Storrs-Fox, Risk Management Director of TT Club; Ken Burgess, Director of Exis Technologies Ltd; and David Parrin, Senior CKC Advisor to Cordstrap BV. Brainstorming workgroups during the day will also address key questions around disseminating the Code and training and educating packers. All Roadshow attendees will also receive a free copy of the CTUpack e-learning course from EXIS Technologies, developed in partnership with the TT Club.  

For the full programme and list of participating speakers, plus online booking, visit  

The 1st ICHCA CTU Packing Roadshow, 3 June 2014, Harwich International Cruise Terminal, Parkeston, Harwich, Essex, CO12 4SR

About ICHCA International

The International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHCA), founded in 1952, is an independent, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving the productivity, safety, security and sustainability of cargo handling and goods movement by all modes and through all phases of national and international supply chains.          

ICHCA International’s privileged non-government organisation (NGO) status enables it to represent its members, and the cargo handling industry at large, in front of national and international agencies and regulatory bodies, including IMO, ILO, UN ECE and others. ISP - ICHCA’s Technical Panel - develops educational publications, promulgates best practice and provides informed advice to members on a wide range of practical and regulatory cargo handling issues, supported by ICHCA’s professional Technical Advisory service.

ICHCA International operates through a series of autonomous national and regional chapters – including ICHCA Australia, ICHCA Japan and ICHCA Canarias/Africa (CARC), plus Multinational Correspondence and Working Groups, to provide a focal point for informing, educating, shaping and sharing industry knowledge across the global cargo handling community. | |

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