Direct load values for handling general cargo are not available. Measurements carried out as part of a research project by the BAM (German Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Berlin and the BFSV)* provide guideline values for acceleration loads applicable to the handling equipment used during container transportation, and these guideline values provide good coverage of the accelerations in the relevant directives/recommendations such as the VDI Directive 2700 and the Guidelines for Packing of Cargo Transport Units.
* Load values when handling containers and flats (BAM / BFSV)
Table 2: Transport, handling and storage loads for van carrier
Table 3: Transport, handling and storage loads for container gantry
* see section 1.4.1
These load values should initially also be applied to the handling of general cargo.