The Cargo Integrity Group (CIG) has published its quick guide to the CTU code – a code of best practice for cargo handling – and its accompanying container packing checklist, in Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish, in addition to English.

The five organisations behind the guide are the Container Owners Association, Global Shippers Forum, TT Club, World Shipping Council, and the International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHA).

Both the quick guide and checklist are available to download here.

Peregrine Storrs-Fox, risk management director of Insurer TT Club, said: “We must have higher standards of cargo integrity, if we are to arrest safety deficiencies in the supply chain – most vividly demonstrated by the too frequent occurrence of container ship fires.

This means those in warehouses and manufacturing facilities who pack and secure cargo in containers, as well as shippers and forwarders preparing documentation and declarations that describe the goods in detail, must take responsibility to ensure adherence to safety guidelines.”

The group is planning further translations. This, TT Club explained, is to create a better understanding of the complex dangers that may result from poorly packed or mis-declared cargo.