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Container Weight FAQ

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Q: Simply knowing the verified gross mass is not sufficient to achieve safety through the supply chain, since many incidents on the road and rail are caused by improper load distribution and inadequate securing. What can be done about that?

A: This is an International issue. 

It is correct that improper load distribution and inadequate securing in packed containers may result in incidents even where the gross mass has been correctly obtained and declared. The IMO, ILO and UNECE collaborated to produce the ‘Code of Practice for Packing Cargo Transport Units’ (CTU Code) to address such concerns. This non-mandatory international code provides recommended and actionable guidance for the proper packing, securing and handling of cargo into or onto CTUs. The Code, which applies to surface transport operations throughout the intermodal supply chain, is available to download in various languages through the searchable website at:


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