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online training for safe handling and packing of CTUs


CTUpack e-learning


  • Compliance: courses are aligned with the Code of Practice and industry standards
  • Cost-effective: typically a fraction of the cost of expensive classroom time and less disruptive than absence from work
  • Efficiency - delivers consistent training standards across global operations
  • Up to date: the courses are updated in line with updates and changes to the Code of Practice and informative material
  • Certificate - a course completion certificate provided as a record of training

As consistently evidenced by the experience of both global freight transport insurer, TT Club and the Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS) Organisation, poor CTU packing is responsible for an alarmingly high number of incidents leading to damage, loss, injuries and fatalities. Additionally, the declaration of incorrect container weight (or Gross Mass) also contributes to adverse safety conditions. 

There have been two recent, important developments that are aimed at improving this situation. The first is the introduction of the Code of Practice for Packing of Cargo Transport Units (CTU Code) formulated jointly by three United Nations bodies, IMO, ILO and UNECE, and approved as non-mandatory international law. The second is the amendment to SOLAS to require verified gross mass (VGM) for packed containers, mandatory from 1 July 2016. 

CTUpack e-learning is a range of courses which provide guidance and training on the packing of CTUs and the new SOLAS verified gross mass regulations. The courses are maintained in line with the IMO/ILO/UNECE Code of Practice for Packing of Cargo Transport Units. 

Further information, including brochures, is available from the Resources & Support section (opposite).  Click here for a summary of each course and to purchase.

The Code of Practice and supporting information is available from the UNECE website: