New Container Weight Rule Sparks Shipper Angst

By Linda Chiem (March 7, 2016, 6:52 PM EST) -- With less than four months until a new international mandate takes effect requiring that all containers shipped via ocean carriers have their weight verified, shippers worried about liability and port congestion are frustrated by a lack of clear guidance from U.S. regulators on how they'll enforce the mandate.

The new rule is an amendment to the International Maritime Organization's Safety of Life at Sea Convention, or SOLAS, and it requires all companies shipping goods and products, as well as freight forwarders and nonvessel operating common carriers, to hand over a certified gross weight certificate to the ocean carrier and the port...

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