GSF launches Working with Containers document Thu Dec 18 15:20:00 GMT 2014

In recognition of the need to raise safety standards in the maritime supply chain, the Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF) has launched a new guide for shippers, ‘Working with containers - a keynote guide for managers.’

The purpose of the GSF guide is to simplify the recently agreed revision of the IMO/ILO/UNECE voluntary Code of Practice for the Packing of Cargo Transport Units (CTU). The GSF guide sets out the main sections of the new CTU Code most relevant to shippers, including their responsibilities and actions, in an easy to follow format.

Don Armour, GSF’s transport safety and security advisor said:

“Safety conscious shippers are acutely aware of the need to enhance maritime safety standards. They recognise that improvements in practices will enable shippers to move their goods around the world with the confidence that their freight will arrive safely, intact and without incident.”

The GSF chaired the joint industry-government group of experts on the CTU Code review. The GSF welcomes the fact that the working group agreed to a voluntary, rather than a regulatory approach to enhancing standards in packing and securing of CTU’s. GSF believes that easier access to the code will lead to greater ‘useablity’ and through that, better results. GSF welcomes the fact that the CTU code will be made available at no cost to users via the UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe), one of the three UN organisations along with IMO and ILO to finally adopt the CTU in November 2014.

Don Armour added:

“This GSF guide will help encourage shippers, wherever they are located, to recognise issues affecting safety and adopt a common approach to addressing and solving issues regarding containers.”

The ‘Working with Containers’ document complements a suite of maritime safety campaign materials launched by the GSF in 2013, and is part of GSF’s continuing efforts to raise standards in the global supply chain and shippers’ awareness of their responsibilities.

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