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Cargo Integrity Group publishes list of cargoes of concern that can compromise supply chain safety

A few days ago, the Cargo Integrity Group, an initiative of the International Cargo Handling Coordination Association – ICHCA, published a list of 15 “cargoes of concern” that are normally transported in containers and whose hazardous nature is not always so obvious, such as the potential danger of lithium-ion batteries. For example, the list contains important information on the flammable properties of seed cakes or the dangers associated with cocoa butter or vegetable oils.

These goods can also be transported safely in compliance with all legal regulations and the known rules of care. However, improper handling can lead to serious accidents. The loads can catch fire or cause explosions.

15 "cargoes of concern"

The list is divided into three categories:

a) Six product groups are generally subject to dangerous goods regulations. They pose reactive dangers. They can catch fire and cause considerable damage in the event of an accident. These are:

  • Charcoal/carbon
  • Calcium hypochlorite
  • Lithium-ion batteries
  • Cotton and wool
  • Fishmeal and krill
  • Seed cake

b) Six other products pose a risk of spillage or leakage. It is possible that the goods have not been packed correctly or that the load has been damaged. Examples are

  • Hides and skins
  • Wine
  • Bitumen
  • Cocoa butter
  • Waste, for example recycled engines and engine parts
  • Vegetable and other oils, especially when packaged in flexitanks

c) For three product categories, the Cargo Integrity Group sees risks due to improper packaging or unsecured loading. This can lead to serious accidents at sea, but also to trucks tipping over or trains running aground. Examples are listed:

  • Logs and timber
  • Steel coils
  • Marble and granite

This list is based, among other things, on data from the claims history of the cargo insurance provider TT Club, a report on incidents involving dangerous goods on ships or in ports compiled by the ICHCA and submitted to the IMO, and from CINS, which collects information on incidents involving dangerous goods provided by its members.

The Cargo Integrity Group has not only compiled this very valuable list for shippers and logistics companies, but has also produced a “Quick Guide” to the CTU Code (CTU = Cargo Transport Units). The CTU Code is issued by the Maritime Safety Committee of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and is mandatory for the transport of dangerous goods on seagoing vessels.

In addition to this Quick Guide, there is also a checklist with measures and responsibilities for the persons responsible for packing loads in freight containers. These materials are now available in all six official IMO languages as well as Italian and can be accessed at Safety – World Shipping Council.

The Cargo Integrity Group

The Cargo Integrity Group is a partnership of industry associations that want to raise awareness of the CTU Code and increase its acceptance.

The associations that have joined the ICHCA in this initiative are: Bureau International des Containers (BIC), Container Owners Association (COA), International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA), Global Shippers’ Forum, TT Club and World Shipping Council (WSC).

Cover illustration: © Michael Kausch

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