General cargo securing rules

General cargo securing rules

Cargo stowed in containers must be secured on all sides to prevent shifting, in particular towards the door. Spaces between packages and/or container walls must be filled. Secure the cargo by using the lashing points provided on the top and bottom side rails and on the corner posts. Containers should be packed and cargo secured in accordance with guidelines for packing cargoes other than bulk cargo in or on cargo transport units (CTUs) for carriage by any means of transport at sea and ashore. Air transport has not been taken into account. The CTU packing guidelines published by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and International Labor Organization (ILO) of 02.05.1997 supersede any previously applicable container packing guidelines.

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World Shipping Council

World Shipping Council members operate approximately 90 percent of the global liner ship capacity, providing more than 400 regularly scheduled services linking the continents of the world. Collectively, these services transport about 60 percent of the value of global seaborne trade, or more than US$ 4 trillion worth of goods annually.


The World Shipping Council’s members are working to promote sound environmental stewardship, with a particular focus on reducing vessel air emissions and managing vessel discharges. Learn More


The World Shipping Council (WSC) supports a consultative approach to enhanced security without impeding the timely flow of legitimate commerce. The WSC works closely with the U.S. government, the European Commission and international organizations to accomplish that goal. Learn More


International liner shipping is truly a global industry. Ships and their crew travel between ports in many countries so shipping companies take steps to protect public health and safety in the countries they transit. Learn More


A modern and efficient maritime infrastructure, at sea and on land, is critical to the world’s security and economic well- being. Learn More


The Council has been working as part of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) to achieve international cargo liability reform through the development of a new convention, which was opened to nations for signature in September 2009. This new international accord now known as the “Rotterdam Rules” will go into effect one year after twenty nations have signed onto it. Learn More