• Compliance with the latest version of the CTU code
is important for shippers – who are now explicitly
responsible for delivering a cargo which is safe
and suitable for transport. All Cordstrap shipping
solutions are fully CTU code compliant.
• Containers should always be checked for damage
before cargo securing commences.
• Always pack goods in containers to achieve a tight
fit and prevent movement during transit.
• Gaps between loads should be filled using products
such as Cordstrap dunnage bags.
• Lashing should be applied only after consideration
and calculation of the forces and movements that may
act on the cargo. Calculations should be based
on relevant codes or standards such as the CTU Code.
Cordstrap’s team of cargo securing experts can advise
for specific applications.
• Climate change can cause stresses on cargo
in transport, for example when a vessel passes
through different climate zones. The air temperature
within a container can vary by 20-30ºC from
the ambient temperature.
• Packing should always be undertaken with a view
to avoiding biological contamination. Some countries
regulate timber used in packing to ensure freedom
from insects. The use of Cordstrap dunnage bags
eliminates this possibility.
• Hazardous goods must always be transported
in accordance with the relevant legislation.
• Certain types of cargo should never be packed
together – for example, moist (or moisture-emitting)
goods with dry (or moisture-sensitive) goods.
• Different securing materials have divergent
load-deformation properties – and different types
must thus not be used to secure the same item
• Cordstrap strapping and lashing comes in different
strengths, from 1,000 lbs (450 daN) to in excess
of 45,000 lbs (20,000 daN). Note that polypropylene
based straps, whilst superficially similar,
have completely different elongation properties
from Cordstrap strap.
• The best lashing for a particular solution depends
on nature and weight of products and mode
• To determine the right size of dunnage bag
for a particular cargo:
- measure the void between the cargo elements
- measure the distance from the floor to top of the load
- measure the length of the pallets
(or other cargo type) to be secured