IMO/ILO/UNECE Code of Practice for Packing of Cargo Transport Units (CTU Code),
jointly developed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the
International Labour Organization (ILO) and the United Nations Economic
Commission for Europe (UNECE), addresses these concerns through a non-mandatory
global code of practice for the handling and packing of cargo transport units
for transportation by sea and land.
CTU Code is an update of the 1997 IMO/ILO/UNECE Guidelines for Packing of Cargo
Transport Units and was endorsed by the Inland Transport Committee of the
UNECE, at its seventy-sixth session (25 to 27 February 2014), the IMO Maritime
Safety Committee, at its ninety-third session (14 to 23 May 2014) and the
Governing Body of ILO, at its 322nd session (30 October to 13 November 2014). The
revision process took place from 2011-2013 under the auspices of a group of
the CTU Code, comprehensive information and references on all aspects of
loading and securing of cargo in containers and other intermodal transport are
provided, taking account of the requirements of all sea and land transport
modes. The CTU Code applies to transport operations throughout the entire
intermodal transport chain and provides guidance not only to those responsible
for packing and securing cargo, but also to those who receive and unpack such
units. The Code of Practice also addresses issues such as training and the
packing of dangerous goods.
CTU Code is intended to assist the industry, employers’ and workers’
organizations as well as Governments in ensuring the safe stowage of cargo in
containers. The CTU Code could also be used as a reference base for national
regulations and could become a model for internationally harmonized legislation
in this field, should such requirements arise.
CTU Code was recently issued as an MSC circular (MSC.1/Circ.1497) and it can
also be downloaded from the dedicated website listed in the related links.
conjunction with the CTU Code, the Informative Material related to the CTU Code
(MSC.1/Circ.1498) provides practical guidance and background information on the
packing of cargo transport units. The informative material was finalized by the
IMO Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC) at its first
session and although it is referenced in the CTU Code it does not form part of
the CTU Code. The informative material has not been endorsed by the governing
bodies of UNECE and ILO.