All cargoes, not just dangerous goods, need to be properly packed and secured in containers.
The forces exerted on the cargo during transport, particularly the maritime mode, can cause individual packages and outer packaging to deteriorate. This deterioration could release the constraint on cartons and bottles allowing them to move, break, be crushed and the contents could leak out.
Consequently, packages and outer packaging must be blocked and braced to prevent the lateral and / or longitudinal movement that can cause such failure.
Packages prepared for road or rail may require additional bracing if they are ultimately intended to travel by sea. More information on blocking and bracing can be found in the Guidelines for packing cargo transport units please refer to useful documents Guidelines to Packing Cargo (PDF).
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