TT Talk - Container weighing – control and enforcement
One aspect of the container weighing debate has concerned the way in which the port and terminal industry will participate. IAPH supported the proposed amendment to SOLAS, while terminals have sometimes seemed less enthusiastic. As the law comes into focus, what are the possible impacts for container terminals?
The new SOLAS regulation continues to place responsibility for gross mass on shippers. The revised legislation prescribes two methods by which shippers may obtain the verified gross mass of a packed container:
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