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ICHCA to hold educational event on new Code of Practice for Packing of Cargo Transport Units, 7 May 2014

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
CO12 4SR