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International Guidelines on Safe Load Securing for Road Transport (IRU)

  1. Introduction to the International Guidelines on Safe Load Securing for Road Transport of the International Road Transport Union (IRU)
  2. Key concepts: regulations, responsibilities, load distribution in a lorry...
  3. Vehicle Structure: Side walls, Headboard, Rear wall, Stanchions, Lashing points, ISO-Containers, Swap bodies
  4. Safe packaging techniques for the International Road Transport
  5. Load Restraining Methods: blocking, lashing, wooden battens, wedges, ropes, blocking bars...
  6. Check of the load securing

Sample - International Guidelines on Safe Load Securing for Road Transport (IRU)
Safe Load Securing for

African Students (Masters Foreign Trade)


International Guidelines on Safe Load Securing for Road Transport (IRU).

A correct stow is essential to avoid accidents, both on the road and in the loading and unloading process of a lorry.

A lorry that carries loads incorrectly represents a real danger that must be avoided, even making the vehicle overturn.

According to the EU, 25% of the Road Transport accidents are related to the improper restraint and / or load distribution in a lorry.

In order to stow correctly, it is necessary an adapted lorry, an special restraining methods (lock, wood runners, belts, fixings, tensioners, nets, ropes) and an optimum load distribution (mass distribution).

Those responsible for the foreign trade of an export company (export manager, area managers...) should know the International Guidelines on Safe Load Securing of the International Road Transport Union (IRU) to be able to stow the cargo safely, avoiding possible accidents, delays, damage to the goods, etc.

The United Nations Convention on the Contract for the International Carriage of Goods by Road (CMR) does not define the mandatory packaging requirements. However, if the cargo is not properly packed or stowed, it exonerates the carrier from any liability in case of damage or loss.

Source: International Guidelines on Safe Load Securing for Road Transport of the International Road Transport Union (IRU).

Eurasian Land Transport Initiative (Silk Road, China-Europe)

Related information:

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  2. Containers and Transportation
  3. Istanbul Convention
  4. Customs Convention on Containers

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