ANL's code of practice for packing transport units and related information.

  • IMO/ILO/UNECE Code of practice for packing of cargo transport units (CTU CODE)
  • Information pertinent to the IMO/ILO/UNECE code of practice for packing cargo transport units (CTU CODE)

To ensure your cargo arrives at destination in optimal condition, it should be acknowledged that your cargo will be subjected to several circumstances while in transit, including but not limited to:

  • Extended timeframes on sea
  • Adverse weather conditions
  • Varying temperatures

Additional challenges can also be created by:

  • Incorrect packaging
  • Incorrect container choice
  • Incorrect labelling

Continue reading to find out the most common causes of cargo damage and how to prevent this.

Shipper & Packer Responsibility

Customs Code

For goods to be shipped, the shipper must provide the international HS Code (Harmonised commodities System Code) Find the correct code by visiting ASYCUDA web site. Agencies will also ask for the UN number if the commodity is identified as 'dangerous goods' for sea transport.

Container Transport Unit (CTU)

To choose a suitable option for your goods, we recommend visiting our different Containers Transport Unit on our logistic sites located closest to you.
Container Transport Unit

Maximum Payload Authorised

CSC Plate - Maximum payload authorised

Customers cannot exceed the maximum payload permissible displayed in the CSC plate.

Loading: Transport via Sea

Vessel Rolling up to 45°

In order to prevent cargo from any damages, it must be correctly packed, braced, blocked, lashed and secured into the unit as gravitational forces up to 3 may take place.


Please ensure that any shore-based personnel involved with the transport of dangerous goods are trained in the contents of dangerous goods.

Goods With Risk

Specific Goods Description

Cargo care1

Protected Species: As it’s CMA CGM Group policy to comply with all international and local laws and regulations, this also extends to the protection of endangered species of wild fauna and flora. ANL is committed to ban any transport (dry or reefer) of shark fins.

Cargo care2

Wastes: Waste are materials that are not prime products for which the generator has no further use. It is suggested that shippers check local regulations at the POL and at the POD, as well as international regulations.

cargo care

Dangerous goods:Some goods which are not considered 'dangerous' when aligning with the IMDG Code can be hazardous during the sea transport, putting crew and the vessel at risk. This includes goods such as coils, break-bulk etc.

Cargo care4

Fumigation: A fumigated container remains hazardous IMO Class 9-UNN°3359 until ventilation, however the fumigation warning sign must remain affixed on the door until it is unstuffed at POD.

Cargo care5

Flexitanks: The list of products classified as 'hazardous' is forbidden in flexitanks. The container must be clearly identified as containing a flexitank to facilitate proper stowage on board. The information should be provided at the time of the booking and a warning sign should be affixed on the container. The main risk of flexitank is the total loss of the content in the event of an incident, amounting up to the cost of $500,000.