9.1 Planning of packing
9.1.1 Packers should ensure that:
- The packing process is planned in advance as far as practical;
Incompatible cargoes are segregated;
Special handling instructions for certain cargoes are observed;
The maximum permitted payload is not exceeded;
Restrictions for concentrated loads are complied with;
Restrictions for eccentricity of the centre of gravity are
The cargo and securing materials complies with the International
Standards for Phytosanitary Measuresfootnote when applicable.
9.1.2 To carry out effective planning, packers should follow the provisions of annex 7, section 1.
9.2 Packing and securing materials
9.2.1 Packers should ensure that securing materials are:
- Strong enough for the intended purpose;
In good order and condition without tears, fractures or other
Appropriate to the CTU and goods to be carried;
In compliance with the International Standards for Phytosanitary
9.2.2 More information on packing and securing materials is provided in annex 7, section 2 and in the appendices to annex 7.
9.3 Principles of packing
9.3.1 Packers should ensure that:
9.3.2 In order to comply with the obligations in 9.3.1 packers should follow the
provisions of annex 7, section 3 and the appendices to annex 7.
9.4 Securing cargo in CTUs
9.4.1 The packers should ensure that:
- Tightly arranged cargoes are so stowed in CTUs that boundaries of
the CTU are not overstressed;
In the case of CTUs with weak or without boundaries sufficient
securing forces are produced by the cargo securing arrangement;
Packages of greater size, mass or shape are individually secured
to prevent sliding and, when necessary, tilting;
The efficiency of the cargo securing arrangement is properly
9.4.2 In order to comply with the obligations in 9.4.1 the packer should follow the
provisions of annex 7, section 4 and the appendices to annex 7.
9.4.3 Additional advice for the evaluation for certain cargo securing arrangements
may be found in annex 7, appendix 4.
9.5 Packing bulk materials
9.5.1 Packers should ensure that:
- Applicable filling ratios for liquids are complied with;
Tank fittings and valves are compatible with the goods to be
Specific requirements for foodstuffs are observed;
Procedures for the safe transport of liquids in flexitanks are
CTUs are not overstressed by the carriage of solid bulk cargoes.
9.5.2 When working on the top of CTUs during the preparation, filling or emptying of
CTUs packers should comply with the requirements of annex 8.
9.5.3 In order to comply with the obligations in 9.5.1 the packer should follow the
provisions of annex 7, section 5.
9.6 Safety at work and security
Only activities authorized by the facility should be carried out in the vicinity
where the CTU is packed.