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Q: Will governments apply an enforcement tolerance threshold for determining compliance with the SOLAS requirements?

A: This is a National issue.
However, a government’s enforcement threshold should not be confused with the issue of how accurate the verified gross mass obtained by the shipper should be. The shipper is obligated to use weighing equipment that complies with the accuracy standards of the jurisdiction in which the equipment is used. Use of such equipment should produce a verified gross mass that is well within government enforcement tolerances. Enforcement tolerances are simply a means by which a government decides how best to allocate its enforcement resources; as such, they have no effect on how the shipper goes about determining the verified gross mass.

The SOLAS Method 1 and Method 2 regulations (and any additional national regulations) control the procedures by which the gross mass is to be determined.

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