TT Club believes all involved in intermodal cargo movements need to be aware of their responsibilities to tighten biosecurity.
Various sources of potential pest contamination exist throughout the global freight supply chain. Both national legislatures and multinational regulators are keen to minimise potentially devastating consequences to agriculture and the natural environment that unwanted invasive pests can deliver. All those involved in the movement of cargo internationally must heighten their awareness and tighten biosecurity measures.
Invasive pests - unit and cargo cleanliness
Debris from the previous load may be contaminated, as can the cargo to be packed if this debris is not thoroughly cleared. To mitigate the risk, always clean inside of the unit before returning it to the supply chain and ensure the cargo to be packed is free from pests.
Loss Prevention a year in focus 2021
At the start of 2021, there was great optimism following the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic through 2020. Countries grappling with its challenges took varying measures to control the spread of the virus and in doing so continued to unbalance trade flows, volumes and equipment availability. The development of several vaccines were welcome news and industry attention quickly switched to how to deliver such an invaluable cargo to every corner of the globe.
Invasive pests - transit conditions
Ensuring containers are clean prior to loading is a crucial step in preventing the spread of invasive species
Mud and vegetation harbour invasive pests, so it's important to ensure containers are clean prior to use.
Invasive pests - lighting risks
Packing a container at night under bright lights can attract unwanted insects that can then be transported across the globe.
Read about the risks of transporting bulk grain in containers from bodily injury, to contamination, to damage to the container itself
TT Club calls for intrusive inspections of import and export freight to counter the risk of invasive pests
Read more about how cargo integrity has become an issue of national security in the fight against pest contamination.