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Q: How accurate does the verified gross mass need to be considering environmental factors of influence such as humidity on wood (pallets), carton (if used as primary packaging), etc.?

A: This is an International issue.
Any verified gross mass obtained under both Method 1 and 2 shall be obtained using weighing equipment that meets the applicable accuracy standards and requirements of the State in which the equipment is used.  

Some cargo products may incur normal, minor changes in mass from the time of packing and weighing until delivery (e.g. due to evaporation or humidity changes) and some containers’ tare mass may change over time and vary somewhat from the tare mass marked on the container. However, these margins of error should not normally present safety concerns.

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