Sea Containers

CPM12 April 2017 Decisions on Sea containers

The CPM12 discussed and endorsed Sea Containers - Complementary Action Plan presented by the Secretariat.
The outcomes of CPM12 discussions are available here.

CPM11 April 2016 Decisions and Activities on Sea Containers

A special topics session on the issue of sea containers was held during the CPM11 . Presentations were given by NPPOs, relevant international organizations and stakeholders involved in the movement of sea containers.

The presentations outlined the complex logistics of the movement of sea containers and the potential risk of the spread of pests. There was extensive discussion on possible options:

  • Continuing the development of the standard;
  • Changing the status of the topic to “pending”; or
  • Deleting the topic from the work programme of the Standards Committee.

Most CPs were in favour of moving the standard to pending as they felt more time was required to assess and address the potential pest risk with the tools available (e.g. CTU code , CPM Recommendation on Sea Containers). Other CPs felt that the CTU code was a useful tool but an ISPM would be complementary in providing NPPOs with guidance on monitoring.

The CPM11:

  • Recognized the risk of pests and regulated articles, other than cargo, that can be moved with sea containers.
  • Agreed that the harmonization of requirements through the development of a draft ISPM on minimizing pest movement by sea containers (2008-001) is considered as complex to achieve.
  • Recognized that the implementation of the IMO/ILO/UNECE CTU Code, and of the Recommendation CPM 10/2015_01 on Sea Containers would help address the risks of sea containers being contaminated.
  • Agreed that the status of the topic on Minimizing Pest Movement by Sea Containers (2008-001) should be changed to pending and reconsidered by the CPM in maximum five years, to allow for the implementation of the CTU Code and Recommendation CPM 10/2015_01 and an analysis of their impact on reducing pest movement by sea containers.
  • Agreed that some coordinated actions should be considered for assessing and addressing the pest risks associated with sea containers.
  • Encouraged NPPOs to gather information on the movement of pests via the sea containers to help clarify the risk.
  • Requested the Bureau (at its June 2016 meeting) to consider the development of a "set of complimentary actions" which, combined, may offer some value in assessing and managing the pests threats associated with sea containers and to propose such a possible program of complimentary actions to CPM-12 (2017).
  • Encouraged interested parties and CPs to submit discussion papers by 15 May 2016 to the IPPC Secretariat for the CPM Bureau to consider.

All presentations and discussion papers presented to the CPM11 are available through this link.

CPM Bureau June 2016 Meeting Decisions on Sea Containers

At its June 2016 meeting the CPM Bureau discussed development of a ‘set of complementary actions’ on sea containers based on the CPM11 decisions.

The Bureau proposed the following complimentary actions:

  • Development of a joint IPPC/IMO/industry protocol on data generation to be completed by CPM-16 (2021).
  • Monitor the uptake and implementation of the CTU shipping code through industry reporting and NPPO monitoring.
  • Verify the efficacy of the CTU shipping code in ensuring the arrival of clean sea container through monitoring for pest contamination and freedom of soil by NPPOs.
  • Increasing awareness of pest risks of sea container through publication of the data of the EWG by the IPPC, call for and publication of pest risk management guidance material for sea containers, notification to industry on the pest risks and possible international actions by NPPOs, and consideration of consistency of relevant regulation with the CPM Recommendation related to sea containers.
  • Establishment of a Task Force (under the guidance of the CDC/IC)which is complementing and supervising the actions above through: providing information on pest risks and its management of sea containers, coordinating with CPs, RPPOs, industry and other international organizations, establishing reports for the CPM and CPs on progress and achievements, advice on how the sea container CTU code or any other instrument could be updated, and provide a final report on its activities to CPM 16 (2021).
  • The Task Force should have members from CPs knowledgeable in IPPC matters and sea container logistics. It should have industry experts and other relevant international organizations. The Task Force may consult experts on sea containers, such as ex EWG members, as required.

The Bureau recommended that resources are provided by CPs or industry to the IPPC to facilitate the work taking into account the future funding model of the ePhyto project.

CDC 9th Meeting, December 2016, Decisions on Sea Containers

At its December 2016 meeting the CDC performed exercises to:

  • Discuss the establishment of the task force and the mechanism for complementing and supervising the actions recommended by the Bureau.
  • Determine an action plan and prioritize actions in terms of feasibility and costs.
  • Discuss and propose the membership of the task force and propose the actions necessary to accomplish the tasks outlined.
  • Explore options and recommend how this task force and its activities could be financed.
  • Recommend how this task force would function within the framework of the proposed implementation committee.

The outcomes of discussions were transferred to the CPM Bureau to be presented to the CPM12.

IMO/ILO/UNECE Code of Practice for Packing of Cargo Transport Units (CTU Code)

Many incidents in transport are attributed to poor practices in the packing of cargo transport units, including inadequate securing of the cargo, overloading and incorrect declaration of contents. This is of major concern particularly because the victims may be the general public or transport and supply chain workers, who generally have no control over the packing of such units.

The CTU Code, a joint publication of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), addresses these concerns through a non-mandatory global code of practice for the handling and packing of shipping containers for transportation by sea and land.

The CTU Code was endorsed by the IMO Maritime Safety Committee, the UNECE Inland Transport Committee and the ILO Governing Body in 2014. More information is also available on the UNECE website.

The specific parts of interest for phytosanitary aspects are chapter 3, chapter 4, chapter 8 (sections 8.2.4.4, 8.3.2.4 and 8.3.2.5), Annex 6, Annex 7 and Annex 9.

For more information, see also Informative material related to the CTU Code.

Background information on the development of the draft ISPM on Minimizing pest movement by sea containers is available here.

Materials on Sea Containers from Different Meetings

Title Files Publication date
Complementary Action Plan for Assessing and Managing the Pest Threats Associated with Sea Containers En 04 Jul 2017
Sea Container Task Force member from a contracting party- Nominee details and summary of expertise En 04 Jul 2017
Statement of commitment of a nominee from a contracting party - Sea Container Task Force En 04 Jul 2017
Call for Experts En 04 Jul 2017
Terms of Reference and Rules of Procedures of the Sea Containers Task Force (SCTF) En 04 Jul 2017
2011-11 Container Owner's Presentation to SCSC En 03 Dec 2012
2012-09 Cool Logistics Sea Container Presentation En 03 Dec 2012
2012-06 EWG presentation to COA En 05 Dec 2012
Code of Practice for Packing of Cargo Transport Units (CTU Code)- IMO/ILO/UNECE Link 10 Feb 2014
2011-12 Background documents on sea containers provided by NPPOs Link 31 Dec 2011

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