SOLAS Container Weight Verification Requirement

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has amended the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) to require verification of container weight as a condition for loading a packed container onto a ship. This requirement becomes effective July 1, 2016, which is the result of efforts to avoid maritime hazards and fatalities attributable to the improper loading of container ships due to inaccurate reporting of container weights.


There are two permissible methods for weighing:

Method 1: weigh the container after it is packed.

Method 2: weigh all cargo and contents of the container and add those weights to the container's tare weight as indicated on the door end of the container.

In order to comply with the new regulations, Interstate International will institute the following procedures effective June 1, 2016:

All Shipments Loaded in Wooden Liftvans Including Military Code 4 Shipments

Certified weight tickets, which detail the cubic measurement plus gross, tare and net weight of each liftvan must be provided by the origin service provider prior to pickup from the service provider's facility.

All Shipments Loose Loaded Directly into Steamship Containers

A certified weight ticket indicating gross, tare and net weight of each container must be provided by the origin service provider prior to pickup from the service provider's facility.
 
Please refer to the document published by the World Shipping Council for further information, which is available at the link below:

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