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Archives for March 2017

Prénatal extends its contract with GEODIS to include E-commerce Services

The distribution activity for retail and e-commerce channels to be combined at one location and current contract extended by three and a half years.

Prénatal and GEODIS’ Contract Logistics Line of Business have extended their e-commerce collaboration until June, 2020. Prénatal’s retail and e-commerce stock will be combined and stored in the GEODIS’ distribution centre in Almere.

Cooperation between Prénatal and GEODIS started in 2009 when it involved traditional logistics services with storage of store inventory at its core. When it appeared that there was great potential to reduce costs per unit in the area of e-commerce, the two companies decided to intensify and expand their partnership. Now, as a result of developments within GEODIS’ distribution processes and Prénatal’s strategic market approach, they have fully merged e-commerce and retail logistics.

“As a retailer, your stock is your most important asset,” says Ardjan van den Blonk, Manager Supply Chain at Prénatal Moeder en Kind B.V. “You want to serve your consumers as well as possible, regardless of where they make their purchase – through a store or a webshop. An omni-channel inventory will prevent stock from being unnecessarily located at different sites and this will help us better meet customer needs. Working intensively and as true partners, GEODIS has helped us to achieve these aims.”

“Combined stock is rare, due to a variety of complex factors,” explains Joop Mastenbroek, Chief Financial Officer at GEODIS in The Netherlands. “Merging retail and e-commerce stock doesn’t simply move physical inventory – it also has an impact on all processes and systems. That is what makes this activity with Prénatal unique. However, e-commerce is a fast-changing business, and you can’t sit still. We will continue to develop our activities in this area in order to respond to future challenges and we are happy that we are doing this in close collaboration with Prénatal.”




GEODIS is a Supply Chain Operator ranking among the top companies in the field in Europe and the World. GEODIS, owned by SNCF Logistics, which in turn is a business line of the SNCF Group, is ranked as the number four logistics provider in Europe and number seven at a worldwide level. GEODIS is also listed as a “Leader” in Gartner’s 2016 Magic Quadrant of Worldwide 3PLs. GEODIS’ reach includes a direct presence in 67 countries and a global network spanning over 120 countries. With its five Lines of Business (Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express, and Road Transport), GEODIS manages its customers’ Supply Chain by providing end to end solutions enabled by over 39,500 employees, its infrastructure, its processes and systems. In 2015, GEODIS recorded €8 billion in sales.

About Prénatal Moeder en Kind B.V. –

Prénatal is the leading retail format in this area, with the most comprehensive, inspiring and affordable range combined with the best service and advice, all tailored to the needs and expectations of the pregnant women or women who have just given birth, and her baby.. In all of our Megastores, City stores and our webshop, we work hard every day to make future and current parenting and shopping better, easier and as comfortable as possible, any time and in every way.



Bruno Delfils

GEODIS – Corporate Communication and Marketing Director

00 33 (0)1 56 76 22 45


Dachser invests in its overland network

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Kempten, March 28, 2017. Dachser is currently creating new capacity for its overland network at several German locations. In the north, the Bremen and Hamburg locations are being expanded. Building is also under way in Alsdorf near Aachen and Dissen near Bielefeld. In total, Dachser is investing some EUR 60 million at the four locations, creating nearly 35,000 square meters of additional warehouse and office space.

“By continuously expanding and modernizing our locations, we are ensuring that Dachser’s overland network offers consistently high quality,” says Michael Schilling, Chief Operations Officer (COO) Road Logistics at Dachser.

More capacity in northern Germany

Employees were able to move into the new buildings at Dachser’s Bremen location at the beginning of March. Dachser invested almost EUR 20 million in the transit terminal south of the Weser, creating 8,800 square meters of warehouse space and 102 docks for the Bremen logistics center. A further 2,500 square meters are reserved for offices.

A new transit terminal is also being built on the premises of the Dachser Food Logistics branch in Hamburg. With 6,800 square meters of total area, the facilities will be operationally and physically separate and will be used to handle food items as well as industrial goods from the neighboring Dachser European Logistics branch. Another 1,200 square meters of office space is being built as well. The work, which represents an investment of some EUR 15 million, is scheduled to be completed in August.

Investments for Dachser Food Logistics

Dachser is expanding its Alsdorf location at a separate facility located within the border triangle between Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands. The new temperature-controlled Food Logistics transit terminal and contract logistics warehouse will add 6,800 square meters, 2,500 of which will be reserved for a food warehouse. Dachser has been operating in Alsdorf since 1985 and is now investing EUR 12.5 million in new buildings for the location, which is scheduled to begin operations in July. At the same time, another EUR 3.5 million will be used to extensively renovate the existing facility.

Dashser is also building additional facilities for Food Logistics in Dissen, Lower Saxony. The branch office’s transit terminal will be expanded by 4,430 square meters, plus an additional 1,370 square meters of office space. Existing buildings will also be renovated. Construction work in Dissen is scheduled for completion by July. Dachser established the Dissen branch office in 2005; since then it has steadily invested in the location. The current construction and renovation activities account for some EUR 8.5 million.

About Dachser:

A family-owned company headquartered in Kempten, Germany, Dachser is a leading supplier of logistics services worldwide.

Dachser offers comprehensive transport logistics, warehousing and customer-specific services in two business fields: Dachser Air & Sea Logistics and Dachser Road Logistics. The latter consists of two business lines: Dachser European Logistics and Dachser Food Logistics. Comprehensive contract-logistics services and industry-specific solutions round out the company’s offerings. A seamless shipping network—both in Europe and overseas—and fully integrated IT systems ensure intelligent logistics solutions worldwide.

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Innovation: GEODIS explores opportunities in Electric Highways

170322 Electric Highways 2 GEODIS joined a consortium of French companies to commission a study on electric highways from the low-carbon consultancy firm Carbone 4. The study, published on February 27, confirms the interesting possibilities of developing this technology to reduce the CO2 emissions of resulting from freight transport.

The study focuses on the possibility of implementing a fleet of hybrid heavy goods vehicles powered by a continuous supply of electricity made available over the entire length of the highway. The electricity distribution system would be installed along the inner lane of the highway, which would remain open to other vehicles, notably conventional heavy goods vehicles. The hybrid truck design would allow for use of an electric motor on the highway and a traditional internal combustion engine for maneuvering (overtaking, entering and exiting highways) and non-highway travel.

“Innovation is in our DNA,” says Philippe de Carné, Innovation Director at GEODIS. “The search for alternatives to diesel and the reduction of the environmental impacts of dangerous emissions is one of our main research aims at GEODIS. This is why we sought to initiate this study. Our role as a leader in our sector and an enabler of our customers’ growth is to prepare for the technological advances that lie ahead in our constantly changing environment.”

The study shows that this type of project is an effective way of reducing the environmental impact of goods transport by road while optimizing the use of existing transport infrastructure. Implementation would require only a slight operational adjustment on the part of road transport professionals, with no transshipments and minimal training to adapt the driving style of their drivers.

The study confirms that on some highly trafficked routes and for transport companies using a single route the electric highway is a profitable option given current market conditions. Public financial support of €3 billion would serve to achieve profitability faster by generating positive environmental externalities (with a significant 30 MtCO2 reduction in transport-generated CO2 emissions) and a beneficial macroeconomic effect.

Today, road transport (of people and goods) is highly dependent on oil products and accounts for 30% of energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in France. Roughly half of these are as a result of freight transport, the majority (85%) by road. The greenhouse gas emissions of heavy goods vehicles account for approximately 5% of national emissions and 3% to 4% of national energy consumption.

Download the results of the Carbone 4 study



GEODIS is a Supply Chain Operator ranking among the top companies in its field in Europe and the World. GEODIS, which is part of SNCF Logistics, which in turn is a business line of the SNCF Group, is the number four logistics operator in Europe and number seven worldwide. In 2016, GEODIS was ranked by Gartner as a “Leader” in its Magic Quadrant report on the world’s 3PL players. The international reach of GEODIS includes a direct presence in 67 countries and a global network spanning over 120 countries. With its five Lines of Business (Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express and Road Transport), GEODIS manages its customers Supply Chain by providing end-to-end solutions enabled by over 39,500 employees, its infrastructure, its processes and information systems. In 2015, GEODIS recorded €8 billion in revenue.

TT Club to Collaborate in Major Supply Chain Safety Campaign

IMO Secretary General and European Commission officials were present at the launch of a CTU Code Compliance Campaign in Brussels. During a seminar, communication of best practice in packing and securing cargo and compliance across all modes was urged.

Held in Brussels as part of European Shipping Week, the high-powered seminar on Safety in the Intermodal Supply Chain was a collaboration by the shipper’s representatives Global Shippers Forum (GSF); cargo handling operators body ICHCA; freight transport insurance specialist TT Club and container carriers association World Shipping Council (WSC) and was attended by IMO and EC regulators, road and rail industry representatives as well as those from shippers, lines, port and terminals.

In introducing the discussions TT Club’s Risk Management Director, Peregrine Storrs-Fox emphasised the serious consequences resulting from badly packaged, eccentrically loaded and wrongly handled material, whether of a regulated dangerous or seemingly benign nature. These accidents range from over-turned road trailers, train derailments, crane failures, ship fires to container stack collapses.

“Stringent efforts by our group and many others to address, in part, these issues resulted last year in an amendment to the maritime safety convention, SOLAS making mandatory the weighing of every packaged container. Despite there being 166 signatory nations to this convention, evidence so far is that this legal requirement has made little impact on the problem of mis-declaration of the gross mass of packed containers. Where regulation fails, industry must come together to act in the interests of safety,” said Storrs-Fox.

Making a rare personal plea for attention to such a focussed issue, Kitack Lim, Secretary General of the UN’s International Maritime Organization applauded the partners’ initiative, “I have no hesitation in commending the use of the CTU Code[1],” he said. “I would like to thank UNECE and ILO[2], as well as the four bodies organising this event for providing valuable technical and editorial input during the development of the Code. I’m also very pleased to be able to support this seminar which is aimed at raising awareness of the Code and promoting its use.”

Although it was emphasised that the European Commission has no legislation covering what is predominantly an international multimodal issue, Magda Kopczyncka, Director of Waterborne Transport at DG Move took an active role in the Seminar and expressed the Commission’s support for the campaign. She noted that a lot of work remained to be done both in simplifying the existing CTU Code’s language and in communicating its sound messages to all, especially those packing the units at the cargo’s point of origin.

In addition to presentations from representatives of the four sponsoring bodies, speakers from both the rail (Community of European Railways – CER) and road (International Road Transport Union – IRU) sectors pledged support for use of the CTU Code as the carriage of multimodal units is a crucial part of their members’ operations. Dovetailing of standards and cross fertilisation of best practice would be investigated wherever possible.

During the seminar, reference was made to the relative lack of national government engagement with the IMO’s container inspection standard (as set out in MSC.1/Circ.1442). While the focus of these inspections is primarily on declared dangerous goods movements, a very limited number of government agencies provide reports on their findings. Even so, the reports are disturbing – over the last decade approaching a third of the units are reported to be poorly packed. As this analysis covers declared dangerous cargoes only, it might be assumed that a significantly greater number of poorly packed units containing other cargoes must exist, presenting daily danger around the globe.

Commenting on the need for a greater degree of industry awareness of the issues and the guidance contained in the Code, TT Club’s Storrs-Fox said, “We recently carried out an awareness survey that has produced some telling results. Of the 6,000 recipients of our emails some 25% showed enough interest to open the message, but of these less than 5% completed the questionnaire. These figures in themselves show a lack of concern regarding packing and, additionally 44% of those that did respond felt the Code was insufficient to tackle the safety issues. We clearly have much work to do.”

The consensus at the seminar clearly confirmed collaboration can strengthen a workable safety environment, with industry bodies, unions and regulators all contributing. However there is a very obvious need to communicate the existing guidance and have it used in practice. The next step must be to deliver the Code, or essential elements of it, to the workforce which carries out the function of packing cargo. The sponsors are committed to do this through whatever means are available including the use of new technologies as well as traditional communication and training networks.



[2] the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the International Labour Organization (ILO)


Notes to editors

About TT Club

TT Club is the international transport and logistics industry’s leading provider of insurance and related risk management services. Established in 1968, the Club’s membership comprises ship operators, ports and terminals, road, rail and airfreight operators, logistics companies and container lessors. As a mutual insurer, the Club exists to provide its policyholders with benefits, which include specialist underwriting expertise, a world-wide office network providing claims management services, and first class risk management and loss prevention advice.

TT Club is managed by Thomas Miller

“THE Alliance” Final product/port rotations & Contingency plan

Port rotations of 32 services finalized / First contingency mechanism of an alliance for case of financial distress of a partner / More safety for customers’ cargo

THE Alliance announced its final network after all needed preparations have been finalized. The product starting from April 2017 features fast transit times, a comprehensive port coverage and deployment of modern and most efficient ships. This is thanks to the “best ship for the loop principle” and a dedicated shuttle service design. More than 240 ships will be deployed in 32 services connecting over 75 major ports throughout Asia, North Europe, the Mediterranean, North America, Canada, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, Indian Sub Continent and the Middle East with a wide range of direct port-port-connections.

The final port rotations of the total 32 services will be as follows:

Asia and North Europe

FE 1:

Kobe – Nagoya – Shimizu – Tokyo – Singapore – Jeddah – Rotterdam – Hamburg – Southampton – Le Havre – Singapore – Kobe

FE 2:

Xingang – Dalian – Qingdao – Shanghai – Ningbo – Hong Kong – Yantian – Singapore – Tangier – Southampton – Hamburg – Rotterdam – Le Havre – Tangier – Jebel Ali – Hong Kong – Qingdao – Xingang

FE 3:

Hong Kong – Xiamen – Kaohsiung – Yantian – Rotterdam – Hamburg – Antwerp – London Gateway – Piraeus – Singapore – Hong Kong

FE 4:

Pusan – Ningbo – Shanghai – Rotterdam – Hamburg – Antwerp – Southampton – Shekou – Yantian – Pusan

FE 5:

Laem Chabang – Cai Mep – Singapore – Colombo – Rotterdam – Hamburg – Antwerp – London Gateway – Jeddah – Colombo – Singapore – Laem Chabang


Asia and the Mediterranean

MD 1:

Qingdao – Shanghai – Ningbo – Yantian – Singapore – Damietta – Barcelona – Valencia – Fos – Genoa – Damietta – Singapore – Shekou – Qingdao

MD 2:

Pusan – Ningbo – Shanghai – Kaohsiung – Yantian – Singapore – Jeddah – Genoa – La Spezia – Barcelona – Valencia – Singapore – Hong Kong – Pusan

MD 3:

Pusan – Shanghai – Ningbo – Yantian – Singapore – Jeddah – Ashdod – Piraeus – Istanbul (Ambarli) – Izmir/Aliaga – Mersin – Jeddah – Singapore – Kaohsiung – Pusan


Trans Pacific – West Coast

PN 1:

Qingdao – Shanghai – Nagoya – Tokyo – Tacoma – Vancouver – Tokyo – Nagoya – Kobe – Qingdao

PN 2:

Singapore – Laem Chabang – Cai Mep – Kaohsiung – Yantian – Tacoma – Vancouver – Tokyo – Kobe – Kaohsiung – Singapore

PN 3:

Hong Kong – Yantian – Ningbo – Shanghai – Pusan – Vancouver – Seattle – Pusan – Hong Kong

PS 1:

Kobe – Nagoya – Tokyo – Sendai – Los Angeles/Long Beach – Oakland – Tokyo – Nagoya – Kobe

PS 2:

Kobe – Nagoya – Shimizu – Tokyo – Los Angeles/Long Beach – Oakland –Tokyo – Kobe

PS 3:

Singapore – Laem Chabang – Cai Mep – Hong Kong – Los Angeles/Long Beach – Oakland –– Tokyo – Hong Kong – Singapore

PS 4:

Hong Kong – Yantian – Kaohsiung – Keelung – Los Angeles/Long Beach – Oakland – Keelung – Kaohsiung – Da Chan Bay – Hong Kong

PS 5:

Shanghai – Ningbo – Los Angeles/Long Beach – Oakland – Shanghai

PS 6:

Qingdao – Ningbo – Shanghai – Pusan – Los Angeles/Long Beach – Oakland – Pusan – Qingdao

PS 7:

Xiamen – Hong Kong – Yantian – Los Angeles/Long Beach – Xiamen

PS 8:

Dalian – Xingang – Qingdao – Pusan – Los Angeles/Long Beach – Oakland – Pusan – Kwangyang – Dalian


Trans Pacific – East Coast (via Panama and Suez)

EC 1:

Ningbo – Shanghai – Pusan – Tokyo – (Panama Canal) – Manzanillo – Savannah – Jacksonville – Charleston – Norfolk – Miami (Seasonal) – Manzanillo – (Panama Canal) – Balboa – Los Angeles/Long Beach – Oakland – Tokyo – Kobe – Ningbo

EC 2:

Qingdao – Ningbo – Shanghai – Pusan – (Panama Canal) – New York – Boston – Wilmington – Savannah – (Panama Canal) – Pusan – Qingdao

EC 3:

Kaohsiung – Xiamen – Hong Kong – Yantian – Shanghai – (Panama Canal) – Savannah – Norfolk – (Panama Canal) – Balboa – Pusan – Kaohsiung

EC 4:

Kaohsiung – Hong Kong – Yantian – Cai Mep – Singapore – (Suez Canal) – New York – Norfolk – Savannah – Jacksonville – Charleston – (Suez Canal) – Singapore – Kaohsiung

EC 5:

Laem Chabang – Cai Mep – Singapore – Colombo – (Suez Canal) – Halifax – New York – Savannah – Norfolk – Halifax – (Suez Canal) – Jebel Ali – Singapore – Laem Chabang


Trans Atlantic

AL 1:

Bremerhaven – Antwerp – London Gateway – Norfolk – Philadelphia – New York – Halifax – Bremerhaven

AL 2:

London Gateway – Le Havre – Rotterdam – Bremerhaven – New York – Charleston – London Gateway

AL 3:

Antwerp – Bremerhaven – Southampton – Charleston – Savannah – Port Everglades – Houston – Savannah – Norfolk – Antwerp

AL 4:

Southampton – Antwerp – Bremerhaven – Le Havre – Veracruz – Altamira – Houston – New Orleans – Mobile – Southampton

AL 5:

Southampton – Rotterdam – Hamburg – Antwerp – Le Havre – Savannah – Cartagena – Los Angeles/Long Beach – Oakland – Seattle/Tacoma – Vancouver – Oakland – Los Angeles/Long Beach – Balboa – Cartagena – Caucedo – Savannah – Southampton

AL 6:

Salerno – Livorno – La Spezia – Genoa – FOS – Halifax – New York – Norfolk – Savannah – Salerno

AL 7:

Barcelona – Tarragona – Valencia – Algeciras – Halifax – New York – Norfolk – Savannah – Valencia – Tarragona – Barcelona


Asia and the Middle East


Pusan – Qingdao – Shanghai – Ningbo – Shekou – Singapore – Jebel Ali – Dammam – Jubail – Abu Dhabi – Port Kelang – Singapore – Ningbo – Pusan


Through this robust network, THE Alliance will offer a superior, reliable, efficient, and wide ranging product suite to shippers in the East/West lanes. The partners of THE Alliance will keep monitoring customers’ demand and will react to markets if needed.

Furthermore, the members of THE Alliance announced today a new and unique contingency plan in the unlikely event a member of THE Alliance suffers a bankruptcy. The five member lines will establish an independent trustee to manage funds to be used in the case there is insolvency within the group. It is envisioned that the fund will be used to continue alliance operations in the event of insolvency of one or more member lines. The independent trust fund shall safeguard that customers’ cargo on board of the affected members’ ships will be carried to the port of destination. “Customers’ reaction to the incident last summer showed a clear demand for such a safety net and the partners of THE Alliance are proud to present the first contingency plan of its kind in liner shipping”.

Evergreen Receives Unprecedented Third Consecutive LOG-NET E-Commerce Award at TPM Conference

March 6, 2017—For an unprecedented third consecutive year and the fifth time overall, Evergreen Line received the E-Commerce Excellence Award from LOG-NET, a leading information systems integrator of ocean carriers and their customers, at the recent Trans-Pacific Maritime conference held in Long Beach, CA.

LOG-NET gave the award in conjunction with the Journal of Commerce, which was accepted by Lawrence Lee, President of Evergreen Marine Corporation (Taiwan).  Also present to accompany Lawrence Lee were Roy Amalfitano, Vice Chairman of Evergreen Shipping Agency (America) Corp. (EGA), North America agents for Evergreen Line and Benjamin Tsai, the company’s President.

EGA Vice Chairman Amalfitano said: “We are honored and appreciate the recognition. This award is a testament to the hardworking and collective efforts by the entire Evergreen team, committed to providing customer service excellence and always striving for continual improvement. In our nearly 50-year history, we are honoring our commitments to the importers and exporters that we serve.”

He added: “Despite the many challenges liner shipping faced in 2016, Evergreen continued to commit resources and invest in what our valued customers need to remain competitive. As a third consecutive year recipient of LOG-NET’s e-commerce award, this is an amazing affirmation and a direct reflection of how the Evergreen team worldwide continues to work for the growth and success of our valued customers.”

LOG-NET’s evaluation analysed customer set-up, data completeness, accuracy, timeliness and deployment across customers of multiple sizes and geographic domains. The competition also factored in error detection and remediation. The award is acknowledged as the top honor for electronic commerce in the international trade and transportation industry and recognizes Evergreen’s commitment to customers in every area of online operations.

LOG-NET President John Motley said, “After completing our scoring and evaluations we have determined that once again the Evergreen team scored well in all geographies and in all customer size classes.”

Mr. Motley added: “While we saw some challenges in the carrier community keeping up with requests for interface set-ups and provisioning of electronic services, Evergreen did an outstanding job in the face of great competition. This award recognizes these successes.”

Founded in 1991 and headquartered in N.J., LOG-NET was established to provide the world’s finest solutions for the international trade, transportation and logistics industries. The company has grown from a supplier of custom logistics solutions into a developer of integrated trade management applications across the globe.

GEODIS Team to showcase at SCOPE Supply Chain Conference

3 MARCH 2017


GEODIS is showcasing its supply chain expertise at this year’s SCOPE Supply Chain Conference at Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, Georgia, from March 19th– March 21st.

GEODIS will be showcasing their capabilities in advisory, supply management, and flow management at the conference with a focus on network optimization, supply chain transparency, on-demand delivery solutions and end-to-end visibility. GEODIS is a worldwide company helping customers optimize their supply chain while providing a perfect service.

SCOPE is a highly targeted event to connect relevant potential partners, network with senior level executives, and expand your knowledge on industry specific topics. Some of the key themes for this year’s conference include supply chain strategies and leadership, supply chain agility, procurement management, strategic sourcing and supplier partnerships.


GEODIS is a Supply Chain Operator ranking among the top companies in the field in Europe and the World.  GEODIS, owned by SNCF Logistics, which in turn is a business line of the SNCF Group, is ranked as the number four logistics provider in Europe and number seven at a worldwide level. GEODIS is also listed as a “Leader” in Gartner’s 2016 Magic Quadrant of Worldwide 3PLs. GEODIS’ reach includes a direct presence in 67 countries and a global network spanning over 120 countries. With its five Lines of Business (Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express, and Road Transport), GEODIS manages its customers’ Supply Chain by providing end to end solutions enabled by over 39,500 employees, its infrastructure, its processes and systems. In 2015, GEODIS recorded €8 billion in sales.


Incorrect container packing leads to 65% of damaged cargo

7 February, 2017

European Shipping Week will take place in Brussels from 27 February to 2 March[1] and there delegates will  focus on the correct packing of Cargo Transport Units (CTUs) and the safety issues that result from poor work practices.  The Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Kitack Lim, and Magda Kopczynska  from the European Commission’s DG MOVE, which is the directorate responsible for freight transport safety within the EU, will join industry leaders to speak at a seminar on Monday 27 February[2]. The seminar has been arranged by the same alliance of industry organisations that successfully brought compliance with the verified container gross mass requirements to the forefront: shipper association the Global Shippers Forum (GSF); the cargo handling group ICHCA; international freight insurer TT Club and liner shipping organisation World Shipping Council (WSC).

An analysis of TT Club’s insurance claims records suggests that 65% of damages to cargo result from poorly packed, blocked or secured cargo in CTUs, particularly freight containers. “Yet this points to only a fraction of the extent of a significant safety problem surrounding poor packing” states TT Club’s Risk Management Director, Peregrine Storrs-Fox. “TT Club, along with our fellow industry representatives are concerned that preventable incidents, both on land (road and rail) and at sea, arise from badly packed CTUs.  The safety of workers, particularly those unloading units at destination, is also at considerable risk.  Safe industry packing and securing guidance must be disseminated and followed.”

The seminar, entitled, ‘Safety in the Intermodal Supply Chain: Promoting IMO/ILO/UNECE Code of Practice for Packing of Cargo Transport Units (CTU Code)’ will endeavour to raise the profile of the issues. “It is now over two years since the three UN bodies that sponsored the CTU Code approved its content,” comments ICHCA’s Captain Richard Brough OBE. “While a non-mandatory Code of Practice, it is now thoroughly referenced in the IMDG Code.  The entire freight industry must recognise that this detailed guidance may now be seen as representing industry best practice.”

The importance of awareness across the entire supply chain of these dangers is a point emphasised by Chris Welsh MBE, Secretary General of GSF, “The responsibility of all those working in the supply chain, shippers, packers, forwarders, warehouse operators and transport providers of all modes and in all countries is clearly set out in the Code. This responsibility for the safety of cargo loads and those handling them does not cease when the doors of the trailer or container are closed”, he emphasises.

The quartet of seminar sponsors is completed by the participation of the ocean carriers’ organisation, WSC.  Its Senior Vice President, Lars Kjaer is keen to highlight the senior level of speakers that have committed to attend the Seminar, “The IMO’s Secretary-General, Kitack Lim has demonstrated his commitment to improving safety in global transport and we are delighted that he is adding weight to our efforts to promote the CTU Code and associated initiatives.  In addition to industry leaders, we will also have the key involvement of DG MOVE, whose role in encouraging the Member States to promote the Code and a safety culture and best practices will be important for enhancing safety in the supply chain,” he concludes.





Notes for Editors

The Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF) is the world’s leading global trade association representing shippers engaged in international trade moving goods by all modes of transport. Chris Welsh MBE chaired the Expert Working Group charged with drafting IMO/ILO/UNECE Code of Practice for Packing of Cargo Transport Units (CTU Code). More information is available at:

The International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHCA) is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the safety, security, sustainability, productivity and efficiency of cargo handling and goods movement by all modes and through all phases of national and international supply chains. ICHCA actively participated in the Expert Working Group and debates leading to the approval of the CTU Code. More information is available at:

The TT Club is the international transport and logistics industry’s leading provider of insurance and related risk management services. The TT Club participated in the Expert Working Group and debates leading to the approval of the CTU Code. More information is available at:

The World Shipping Council (WSC) represents the global liner shipping industry on regulatory, environmental, safety and security policy issues.  The WSC has observer status at the IMO and was actively involved in the development of the CTU Code. More information is available at: