What Is The Chain of Responsibility (CoR)?

The aim of CoR is to make sure everyone in the supply chain actively prevents breaches of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL). The HVNL regulations also extend to preventing or reducing potential harm or loss (risks) to yourself and others.

All parties in the supply chain have a responsibility to prevent or reduce risks by ensuring transport-related activities are safe. Under the HVNL, safety systems and controls (such as safe work practices, training and procedures) should be in place to prevent breaches of the law, manage risk and maintain a safe road environment.

As freight forwarders, ICE is recognised as a consignor and a consignee, hence we have a responsibility for ensuring goods that we move.

To comply with CoR, ICE have implemented a robust Chain of Responsibility Policy and Procedures related to fatigue, speed, mass, dimension and loading assurance, and safety systems and controls.

Our Policy and Procedures

The key safety systems our Chain of Responsibility Policy

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speed - Chain of responsibility
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Our Role

As a party in the supply chain, ICE work to proactively reduce risks related to our transport tasks, rather than only reacting if there is a possible breach of the law.

In line with CoR, we have made it mandatory to all eligible employees undergo a comprehensive CoR training to ensure our compliance with our CoR Policy and to ensure the safe working practices of all staff and partners.

You can find out more about our CoR activity by contacting our National Compliance and Administration Executive.

Additional Resources

If you are interested in understanding more about CoR please check out the below links for useful information:

  • National Transport Commission (NTC) Load Restraint Guide: The Load Restraint Guide 2018 provides truck drivers, operators, and everyone in the transport chain of responsibility with basic safety principles for the safe carriage of loads.
  • NSW – Roads and Maritime: For everything you need to know about using NSW roads, including motorways, tunnels and tolling, trip planning information, information for cyclists and people visiting NSW
  • VIC – Vehicle Safety: All you need to know about choosing and using child restraints, buying a safer car, securing loads and towing trailers and caravans, plus Victoria’s vehicle design standards for safety.
  • WA – Heavy Vehicles: For all you need to know about operating heavy vehicles in Western Australia
  • QLD – Heavy Vehicles: For all you need to know about operating heavy vehicles in Queensland
  • SA – Driving heavy vehicles safely: Find out more about the Safe-T-Cam  network of cameras on South Australian roads
  • NT – Heavy Vehicle Drivers’ Handbook: The Heavy Vehicle Drivers’ Handbook has information to help you learn about:
    • rules and regulations specific to heavy vehicles
    • the skills you need to drive a heavy vehicle.

Supporting Resources 

CoR It’s Everyone’s Business

CoR Check List

Your Role



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Customs Brokers

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What Others Are Saying About International Cargo Express

Managed goods end to end

Due to critical stock levels we needed a fast solution to urgently meet growing client demand. Presented with this challenge, ICE quickly identified appropriate freighter services and proactively managed the movement of goods end to end.

Eddie Liaw – Supply Chain Director

ICE offered flexibility

ICE offered flexibility, high levels of communication and attention to detail during our pick, pack and delivery project. With their professional support we were able to meet the demands of our supply chain knowing our freight was in safe hands.

Tony Kealy – National Distribution Manager

Without exception and on time

Since having International Cargo Express handle my ocean freight , I have had my bookings and equipment available without exception and on time. Communication between ICE and my supplier is very good and I receive information via my shipper before my supplier.

Michael Caiacob – Purchasing and Supply Officer

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