Container Packing

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

The CTU code is a non-mandatory global code of practice for the handling and packing of shipping containers (and other cargo transport units) transported by sea and land. Considering many incidents in transport are attributed to poor practices in the packing of cargo transport units, the code was designed to address major concerns for all parties involved in global cargo securing. Its aim is to inform and guide people, whose role is to manage such units. It is a joint publication of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).


In February 2022, the BIC joined the Cargo Integrity Group, a partnership of global trade bodies collectively promoting high standards in the packing of cargo in freight containers by raising awareness and greater uptake of the CTU Code to avoid safety and environmental risks. Safety and sustainability being at the very core of BIC’s mission, the promotion of the CTU code, the CTU Quick Guide translations and other materials are of major interest.


  • The CTU Code – a quick guide was compiled as a route-map for the broad industry to engage more successfully with the CTU Code and to assist wider understanding of good packing practices.


  • The Container Packing Checklist determines a clear process checklist for intermodal freight containers to reach the highest level of safe packing and avoidance of pest contamination based on CTU Code. This checklist identifies the main check-points from a container packer’s perspective, supporting sound decision-making.


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