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Securing the freights during European shipments

Securing the cargo and shipments during the freight forwarding services provided by the freight forwarders network is a main part of the logistics services provided. Unsecured cargo can become damaged, get spilled and can also cause damage to the vehicles and injuries to the personnel providing the forwarding services.

The regulations and rules in regard to securing the freights are different in different countries. But complying with the regulations of just one single country when the transport provided by the international freight forwarding services passes through that specific country could lead to a number of problems for the logistics companies. In order to unify the requirements for minimizing the risks of incidents, unified rules have been implemented among all member countries of the European Union.


A large number of the incidents with trucks and vehicles are due to improper securing of the cargo

A large number of all incidents which occur with trucks which are performing freight forwarding services on the territory of Europe are due to improper or inadequate securing of the goods they are carrying.  This can lead to disturbance of the balance of the vehicle and may cause overturning. This is why the freight forwarders are determined to follow all of the unified European rules for securing the cargo before and during the transport services provided.


Securing oversized loads

Oversized loads need special measures to be taken for proper securing during the forwarding due to their large dimensions or weight.  The European logistics network provides such forwarding services in close compliance to the requirements for the maximum permissible dimensions and weight of the cargo being transported throughout the European road network as well as for forwarding oversized loads.


Checking cargo security

During the security checks for the proper and safe securing of the cargo being transported by the freight transport association it is checked whether the securing is sufficient to ensure the safe driving of the vehicle as well as whether in difficult maneuvering or in other situations it will hold the cargo in place safely.

Only minimal shifts in the placing of the cargo are accepted. They cannot surpass the inner loading area of the vehicle and cannot be moved to areas which are outside those meant for the specific goods or cargo.


Directive 2014/47/ЕU directive – the main document for freight safeguarding

This EU directive is for the technical roadside inspection of the roadworthiness of commercial vehicles circulating in the Union of the vehicles providing freight forwarding services by the international freight services. It includes regulations for safeguarding cargo during shipment. According to the 2014/47/EU directive, the loads need to be secured in a way which allows them to remain securely in place even during acceleration of the speed of the vehicles. The personnel from the European logistics companies also need to undergo training for the proper and full securing of loads and cargo for the services provided.

According to Directive 2014/47/EU, all countries which provide freight forwarding services, including freight forwarders Europe are responsible not only for the proper packaging and loading of the cargo but for its proper and safe securing as well.


The Directive 2014/47/EU is based on the experience of the forwarders of secured loads

Directive 2014/47/EU is based on the experience of the providers of road freight forwarding services through the years and in different road and traffic situations throughout Europe. This is why it is a very practical and useful guide for the  international freight forwarders association for all its road transport services during which the list of logistics companies provide proper securing and safety of the oversized and other loads being carried in accordance to the requirements of the Directive.  Apart from that, for every specific situation and load type, the forwarders throughout Europe provide additional measures to ensure the safety of the cargo, in accordance to their own experience and at their own discretion.


Creating electronic reports in regard to the roadside inspections which include inspecting the proper securing of the cargo

In a large number of country members of the EU, the reports from the roadside inspections for compliance to the requirements of Directive 2014/47/ЕU, including those for securing the cargo of the cargo being transported by the European network for transportation are electronic. This allows for all such data to be stored in a common database which makes their processing and analysis much easier.