There’s a lot to think about when you’re at the helm of an export business. Cargo safety is no doubt at the very top of your priority list.

Cargo restraint is an integral part of the process. Keeping your freight safe and secure during transit  is crucial. Load restraint laws vary within each country, so it’s important to understand what you need to do to meet those regulations before you ship anything. In Australia, there are strict laws to which businesses must comply in order to prevent accidents, shipping damage and overall, create a safer environment for all Australians.

What is Cargo Restraint or Securement, and Why is it Important?

Cargo restraint is a term used to describe the securing of cargo to prevent shifting and consequential damage. The importance of cargo restraint in export businesses cannot be overstated, as it helps prevent personnel injuries as well as damages and loss of goods.

The following are some of the main benefits of using the correct, compliant cargo restraints in shipping containers:

  • Reduce the risk of damage to your cargo.
  • Optimise container space, reducing shipping costs.
  • Reduces the risk of injury to your staff, your customers and third-party stakeholders.


Export Businesses Use the Australian Load Restraint Guide 2018

The Australian Load Restraint Guide 2018 guide provides information about how to work out what loads can safely be carried on different vehicles, depending on their design, weight and size. It also explains how to use load restraints correctly to restrain loads for safe transport. The guide provides valuable tips about managing loads so that it does not pose any risk of damage or injury during transportation.

It does not replace any vehicle or road regulations but provides information on how you may meet the performance requirements for restraining loads on vehicles. The guide is intended to be used in conjunction with the relevant vehicle regulations in your state or territory.

To comply with these requirements, we recommend downloading the Australian Load Restraint Guide 2018 here.

Cargo restraining devices are used to secure loads within containers, trucks, or trailers during transport. They ensure that all items within your cargo shipments stay put and remain safe during transit from one location to another.

Below is a list of some of the load restraint solutions X-Pak offer as part of our services. X-Pak specialises in load securement systems for inside shipping containers:


These products will provide the required restraint to secure your cargo goods and help prevent your load from being damaged by other items within the container.

The benefits of cargo restraint are numerous. It reduces the chance of damage to goods and allows them to reach their destination in one piece. It also directly impacts the safety of employees who may receive injuries from loose objects falling when unpacking the load.

No product is too hard to secure. We work closely with our German engineering team to secure all products for export. From heavy machinery on flat racks, to lightweight cartons in reefer containers. Our team can assist with loading plans, engineering workings, site demonstrations and follow through training.

If you would like to discuss the security of your cargo load, please get in touch for further information.