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ICHCA to hold second educational event on new Code of Practice for CTU Packing, 14 January 2015

ICHCA International, the NGO association for the global cargo handling industry, will be hosting its 2nd ICHCA CTU Packing Roadshow on 17 February at ABP's facilities in the Port of Hull.
 
Following on from the success of its 1st Roadshow held in Harwich last year, ICHCA's one-day event will provide a practical education on the new IMO/ILO/UNECE Code of Practice for the Packing of Cargo Transport Units (CTUs) to industry stakeholders.
 
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 concerned parties including insurance company TT Club, 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 containers and other 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 Hull edition aims to inform industry stakeholders in the northern United Kingdom and will include talks by an expert panel of speakers and professionals, including: Bill Brassington, owner of ETS Consulting and consultant for editing the new Code; Director of EXIS Technologies, James Douglas; Jeff Bradford, Area Sales Manager at Cordstrap BV; and Peregrine Storrs-Fox, TT Club's Risk Management Director.
 
Interactive workgroups during the day will also address key questions around disseminating the Code and training and educating packers.
 
For the full programme and list of participating speakers, plus online booking, visit
www.etouches.com/ctupackingroadshow