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Q: The SOLAS requirement derives from safety aspects. Cargo mass information may also be required for Customs purposes. If the verified gross mass declared for SOLAS purposes subsequently is amended, for example after actual weighing of the packed container, does Customs need to be informed?

A: This is a National issue.

SOLAS does not regulate Customs matters. Provision of the gross and net mass of goods in declarations to Customs is regulated according to national Customs legislation. The mass required under SOLAS versus Customs requirements may be different; e.g, Customs may require cargo mass, while SOLAS requires the total, verified gross mass of the packed container.


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