The principle of the Chain of Responsibility (CoR) legislation is that all parties in the supply chain are responsible to ensure that your cargoes are transported on Australian roads in compliance with The Heavy Vehicle National Law (NHVL).
This means from load allocators to drivers to customers each party is responsible to ensure cargoes are transported in compliance with the NHVL CoR regime. VISA has several roles within the NHVR CoR legislation. These roles include being both consignee & consignor with responsibilities including transporting, packing, load management, scheduling and loading and unloading of goods.
VISA is committed regarding our compliance with our CoR roles and responsibilities, particularly as they relate to heavy vehicle safety on our roads. We have established operational controls and a CoR compliance system. These controls and systems were designed to ensure VISA meet our legal responsibilities under the HVNL.
Mitigating and managing transport safety risks and heavy vehicle load compliance is a large task. Being a customer of VISA, we ask for your support to enable us both to meet our respective CoR compliance obligations.
The person who packs and secures cargo into/onto the cargo transport unit/container (CTU) may be the last person to look inside the unit until it is opened at its destination. Consequently, many people in the transport chain will rely on the skills of such persons. Improperly packed/secured cargo, the use of unsuitable CTUs and the overloading of CTUs may endanger persons during handling and transport operations. Improper declaration of the cargo may also cause dangerous situations. The misdeclaration of the CTU’s gross mass may result in the overloading of a road vehicle.
The above reasons are why VISA asks that CTU’s are packed and restrained in accordance to legislation such as the Australian Load Restraint Guide and the IMO/ILO/UNECE Code of Practice for Packing of Cargo Transport Units (CTU Code). VISA can provide customers with copies of relevant legislation if requested.
The code states the controls that should be adhered to, such as the following:
Packers should ensure that securing materials are:
- Strong enough for the intended purpose;
- In good order and condition without tears, fractures or other damages; and
- Appropriate to the CTU and goods to be carried.
They should also ensure:
- The load is properly distributed in the CTU;
- The maximum permitted payload is not exceeded;
- The packing process is planned, in advance, as far as practical;
- Packages of greater size, mass or shape are individually secured to prevent sliding and, when necessary, tilting;
- The centre of gravity will not shift during transportation; and
- The efficiency of the cargo securing arrangement is properly evaluated.
These controls exist so the safe operation of our transport tasks can occur whilst working with our customers.
We kindly request for you to ensure your suppliers are aware of their requirements so safety is not compromised.
Thank you in advance for working with VISA and executing your responsibilities, so the mitigation and management of transport safety risks and heavy vehicle load compliance occurs.
For more information please contact:
National Work Health and Safety Manager
VISA Global Logistics Pty Ltd
P: +61 2 9695 3867
M: +61 433 596 906