Mandatory Container Weighing 2016

By: Mark Szakonyi | May 19 2014

Seven years after overweight containers contributed to the dramatic breakup of a vessel in the English Channel, the United Nations said today it will require all containers to be weighed starting in July 2016.  The crackdown on overweight containers — the number of which some estimates peg at 130 million annually — is part of a broader global effort to combat misdeclaration of exports.The new rule won’t formally take effect until the IMO approves the changes to the Safety of Life at Seas convention in November, paving the way for final implementation in July 2016.

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