Blocking and Bracing / Cargo Securement

Below are links to various materials relating to the blocking, bracing, and/or securement of cargo.  IVODGA provides these links for informational purposes only. The material contained on this webpage does not constitute professional advice on this subject matter and does not imply any endorsement by IVODGA. While the information contained within the site is periodically updated, no guarantee is given that the information provided in this website is correct, complete, and/or up-to-date.  Nothing on this webpage constitutes advice by IVODGA with respect to the proper blocking, bracing, or securement of any particular type or piece of cargo.  Persons with questions regarding the proper securement of cargo should consult a qualified professional and/or legal counsel.

Educational Videos

Union Pacific Intermodal Guidelines – Three Simple Steps for Damage-Free, Intermodal Shipments

How to Properly Secure Your Cargo l Hapag-Lloyd

What is General Average? l Trade Risk Guaranty

Container Matters l UK P&I Club

Cargo Lashing l Cargo Tuff LLC

Load Securement in 20’ Container: 18 IBC with (R) Lashing Container, 2x two cross straps l Rothschenk

Load Securement with (R) Lashing Container l Rothschenk



Minimum Loading Standards for Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs) (Including Drums) in Closed Cars – Association of American Railroads

Union Pacific website on shipment quality

Union Pacific Hazardous Materials Securement Requirements & HAZMAT Evaluation Table

Loading and Securement Solutions - Norfolk Southern Railroad

Safety Guidelines and Regulations - CN – Canadian National Rail

Request a Safety Plan - CN – Canadian National Rail

Rules governing the loading, blocking and bracing of freight in closed trailers and containers for TOFC/COFC service.


Intermodal Loading Guide for Products in Closed Trailers and Containers

Intermodal General Loading Guidelines - Union Pacific Railroad 

Sea Transport:

"Safe Transport of Containers by Sea Industry Guidance for Shippers and Container Stuffers" published by World Shipping Council and International Chamber of Shipping - 

"Pack It Right Pack It Tight" publication by TT Club (P & I) includes proper classification and shipping paper preparation. 

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AAR presentation on Intermodal Cargo Securment:
Incidents and Press Releases

Unsecured load led to CP derailment:

World Shipping Council: Containers Lost at Sea Update 2020: