CTU Packing

The ICHCA CTU Packing Campaign is kindly sponsored by:

As highlighted recently by insurance company TT Club and the Cargo Incident Notification Service (CINS), poor CTU packing is responsible for an alarmingly high percentage of incidents along the transport chain, leading to damage, loss, injuries and fatalities. This is of major concern particularly because the victims may be the general public or transport and supply chain workers, who generally have no control over the packing of such units.

In a vital move to tackle dangerous packing, the IMO, ILO and UNECE have released an updated Code of Practice for the Packing of CTUs, providing guidelines and information for all members of the global 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. The Code also addresses issues such as training and the packing of dangerous goods.

ICHCA’s own ‘Pack It In!’ campaign aims to raise awareness of the new Code, its impact, how the new guidelines can be adopted into supply chain operations across the world. As part of this campaign, ICHCA has held a series of educational Roadshow events in Europe, with speakers from Cordstrap, ETS Consulting, Exis Technology, the Freight Transport Association, TT Club and the UK Marine and Coastguard Agency. More Roadshow events are due to be scheduled for 2016.

Key documents

IMO/ILO/UNECE Code of Practice for Packing of Cargo Transport Units (2014)

IMO/ILO/UNECE Code of Practice for Packing of Cargo Transport Units (2014)


Many incidents in transport are attributed to poor practices in the packing of cargo transport units, including inadequate securing of the cargo, overloading and incorrect declaration of contents. This is of major concern particularly because the victims may be the general public or transport and supply chain workers, who generally have no control over the packing of such units. The CTU Code, a joint publication of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Labour Organization...