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Third International Cargo Transport Units (CTU) Packing Roadshow is set to visit Durban in May 2015, 14 April 2015

The third International Cargo Transport Units (CTU) Packing Roadshow is set to visit Durban, South Africa, on 21 May 2015. Companies involved in CTU logistics, whether moving general cargo, refrigerated or dangerous goods by road, rail or water, be it in containers, swap bodies, road trailers, tankers or rail cars, simply cannot afford to miss the event! The one-day informative seminar will provide fundamental information about the new IMO/ILO/UNECE Code of Practice for CTU Packing.

Following three years of development, the extensively revised and upgraded IMO/ILO/UNECE Code of Practice for Packing of CTUs was approved by the IMO and UNECE in January 2014, and by the ILO in November 2014. Companies involved in any form of CTU logistics must comply with the new regulations by July 2016.

Join industry experts at the Durban Country Club on 21 May 2015 from 08:00 to 17:00 where practical education and advice will be offered on the contents of the new Code, its impact and how its new guidelines can be adopted into supply chain operations.

The event is organised by ICHCA International (the leading NGO association representing the interests of the global cargo handling industry) in partnership with the Responsible Packaging Management Association of Southern Africa (RPMASA).

The event promises a stellar line-up of talks by an expert panel of speakers, as well as interactive brainstorming workgroups where attendees can discuss key questions around disseminating the Code, and training and educating packers.

Executive Director at RPMASA, Liz Anderson said, "We are privileged to partner with ICHCA to bring this important event to our region. It is highly appropriate for Durban as Africa's largest port to host this first CTU event to be held in Africa."

"Implementation of the requirements of 'The CTU Code' should help to improve safety on our roads and railways, as well as through our ports and at sea through better packing, securing and weighing of containers. Compliance will also help organisations to reduce their exposure to risk and potential liability, a key business component today. Delegates attending will hear from the International Maritime Insurance TT Club of some of the many errors which resulted in severe loss and liability, and should have been avoided by training and compliance," concludes Anderson.

The event programme includes:

08:00    Registration, networking and refreshments

09:00    Welcome and introduction - Quade Corder, Vice Chairman, Responsible Packaging Management Association of Southern Africa (RPMASA)

09:15    Setting the scene: Key packaging & packing issues for compliance - Liz Anderson, Executive Director, RPMASA

09:40    Dangerous goods packaging essentials for a safe supply chain - Quade Corder, Executive Manager Sustainability & SHEQ, CHEP Africa, India and Middle East (AIME)

10:10    Introduction to ICHCA and its role in developing the new CTU Code - Capt. Richard W A Brough OBE, Director, ICHCA International

10:45    Coffee and networking

11:15    CTU packing under the new Code - chain of responsibility and insurance implications - Michael Heads, Managing Director, P&I Associates on behalf of TT Club

11:45    The shipper's responsibilities under the CTU Code and the IMO's new container weight verification rules - Chris Welsh, General Secretary, Global Shippers Forum & Chairman,   ILO/IMO/UNECE Group of Experts

12:15    RPMASA supply chain solutions - Eddie Fourie, General Manager, TrenStar Services

12:25    Group discussion session: Who needs the Code and how do we get it to them?

13:00    Lunch and networking

13:00    RPMASA AGM - RPMASA Members only

14:15    DG compliance issues - Capt. Richard W A Brough OBE, Director, ICHCA International

14:40    Training aids for industry - Liz Anderson On behalf of Exis Technologies

15:00    Securing solutions - Barry Hugo, Commercial Manager, Cordstrap South Africa

15:20    Group discussion session: How can the industry work together and next steps

16:00    Closing remarks and wrap-up - Capt. Richard W A Brough OBE, Director, ICHCA International

16:30    Close of CTU Packing Roadshow

Cost for the one-day seminar is R1 450 for non-members, R1 100 for ICHCA / RPMASA members and R950 for ICHCA premium members / RPMASA patrons. Bookings can be made event@rpmasa.org.za. Alternatively, contact Maeve, conference coordinator for bookings and sponsorship \ branding \ display opportunities, on maeve@mweb.co.za  083 303 4507 or 032 947 1145.

*The new IMO/ILO/UNECE Code of Practice for CTU Packing is available and can be downloaded from the UNECE website. http://www.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/trans/doc/2014/itc/id_07_CTU_Code_January_2014.pdf