The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has amended the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) to require all packed containers have a verified weight prior to loading onto a ship. This requirement goes into effect July 1, 2016, and it is the shipper's responsibility to verify a packed container's weight.
It will be considered a violation for a packed container to be loaded onto a vessel if its weight is not verified — the vessel operator and marine terminal must have a verified container weight.
There are two (2) methods shippers may use to determine container weight:
- Weighing the container after it has been packed.
- Weighing all cargo and contents, separately, and adding those weights to the container's tare weight as indicated on the door end of the container.
It is important to note:
- Estimating weight is not permitted.
- The party packing the container cannot use a weight provided by someone else, except in the case of individual, original sealed packages that have the accurate mass clearly and permanently marked on their surfaces. Read More