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Call for ocean cargo weight control

By Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor
September 13, 2013

Four global shipping industry organizations are calling on the International Maritime Organization to approve a “carefully negotiated and crafted compromise” this fall that aims to address the problem of misdeclared cargo container weights.

According to a report issued by Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg – a customs and international trade law firm – this problem presents safety hazards for ship crews, port workers, truck drivers and others; leads to incorrect ship stowage and accidents; facilitates the evasion of customs duties; and impairs the ability to perform accurate cargo security risk assessments.

Action is needed, the groups say, because the existing requirement in the IMO’s Convention on the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) to provide a correct cargo weight declaration is not enforced and is ineffective. The IMO will therefore consider this month a proposed amendment to the convention that would require a packed container’s weight to be verified before the container is loaded onto a ship.

The groups add that the final compromise proposal allows for two methods to verify container weight and has “facilitated agreement across the widest possible group of governments and industry participants.”

Asserting that the technology already exists to implement such a requirement without delays or significant costs to commerce, the industry groups are calling on the IMO to adopt the proposed requirement “without further delay.”

However, any such requirement would not likely take effect before May 2017 given the typical timeline for SOLAS amendments, which the groups said “would ensure more than ample time for shippers and the industry to easily adapt.”

About the Author

Patrick Burnson
Executive Editor

Patrick Burnson is executive editor for Logistics Management and Supply Chain Management Review magazines and web sites. Patrick is a widely-published writer and editor who has spent most of his career covering international trade, global logistics, and supply chain management. He lives and works in San Francisco, providing readers with a Pacific Rim perspective on industry trends and forecasts. You can reach him directly at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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