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Amendment Made to SOLAS: Container Weight Verification Requirement

Mar 8 2016

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:

  1. Weighing the container after it has been packed.
  2. 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 

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