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Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA), Container Transport Alliance Australia (CTAA), and the Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA), have partnered with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) to create the Safe Container Loading Practices & Heavy Vehicle Safety campaign.

The campaign is part of the NHVR Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI) program funded by the Commonwealth Government. It has also attracted the support of ICHCA Australia, and global organisations such as the Global Shippers Forum (GSF) and the World's leading transport and logistics insurer, TT Club.

The campaign provides a FREE online Safe Container Loading Practices & Heavy Vehicle Safety course, complimented by a FREE webinar series with presentations from experts in their field.

This initiative seeks to raise awareness of best practice in container loading and cargo restraint, and the potential legal, safety and commercial consequences of poorly restrained and unevenly weight distributed cargo inside shipping containers, transported by sea or on land.

This educational campaign will be of benefit to all those involved in the supply chain including importers, exporters, container packers (in Australia and overseas), unpackers, freight forwarders / customs brokers, transport operators, stevedores and all others involved in the safe movement of containerised cargo.


The "Safe Container Loading Practices" online training course has been developed in collaboration with WiseTech Academy covering the following topics:

  • Introduction and impact of unsafe container loading practices
  • Packing and minimising risk for containerised cargo transport
  • Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) and Chain of Responsibility
  • A practical application of the HVNL and Chain of Responsibility
  • Truck Rollover Prevention
  • International organisations and conventions for safe transport

You have the option to complete the entire course or only topics that are relevant to

your specific role within the supply chain.

To access the FREE online training course via the Wisetech Academy please register HERE


The course will be complimented by a series of live webinars with presentations from leading experts in their fields (the following links provide access to join the interactive sessions or post event recordings):


A useful "Container Packing Checklist" launched by leading international organisations has been endorsed for use in Australia. Importers and exporters are encouraged to adopt the Checklist into operational practice and ensure that it is circulated for use to their container packers in Australia and overseas.

Other essential resources and best practice guidelines on the safe transport and handling of containerised cargo, including access to the IMO "Code of Practice for Packing of Cargo Transport Units" (CTU Code), can be downloaded HERE.

Further information

To find out more, please contact Caroline Zalai at 02 99751878.

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