Insurance cost of badly packed and stowed cargo

01st September 2017

The packing of Cargo Transport Units (CTUs) is high on the agenda for the shipping industry, and correctly stowing your freight is absolutely imperative – you might have thought that was obvious, perhaps, but according to The TT Club, a leading provider of insurance for the international transport and logistics industry, a staggering 65 per cent of damage to freight is simply down to bad loading, packaging and stowing. That’s an awful lot of expense and damage which could be avoided with the correct training or expert assistance.


The Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS) backs up the statistics, showing that more than 30 per cent of cases investigated through the system were caused by bad stowage and poor packaging.
In an attempt to reduce the amount of claims, the TT Club developed an online e-learning course which aims to focus attention on the many problems that bad packing can cause, and provide up to date guidance.

The course is a useful online training tool for anyone who is involved with packing and unpacking cargo transport units (CTU) and the first release of the foundation course has just been launched. 

There are modules looking at cargo, transport, packing and arrival and the course also covers relevant issues such as the forces and stresses encountered during transport, and the careful consideration that needs to be taken when packing and securing cargo.

•Cargo – covers the types and physical characteristics of cargo and looks at the problems that badly packed cargo can cause.
•Transport - the main modes of transport, different types of equipment, and the forces and stresses encountered during transport. Also looks at choosing CTU and route considerations.
•Packing - covers preparation for packing, the basic principles and rules which apply to packing and securing, manual and mechanical handling, cargo securing materials, closing the CTU and securing it, in addition to correct documentation.
•Arrival – what precautions to take when opening the CTU at arrival.

T Ward Shipping has a variety of services available to ensure that your cargo loading takes place smoothly, and avoiding unnecessary damage during transit. We can provide clients with a range of equipment,  mobile cranes, fork lifts, special heavy lift equipment, low loaders, MAFI’s, Stevedoring and any other equipment necessary to get the job done professionally and as quickly as possible.

If you think you may need help with cargo lashing and securing, we can organise that on your behalf too, making sure that you have complete peace of mind at all times.

This video gives you an idea about why packing is so important!