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Container Weight FAQ

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Q: Where a third party (including potentially a port terminal) starts weighing freight containers (i.e. under Method 1) will it have to become a ‘verified weigher’ in order to issue a valid weight ticket?

A: As an International issue, there is no such concept as a ‘verified weigher’ and the only obligation under SOLAS for a party weighing a packed container is to use calibrated and certified equipment that meets the accuracy standards and requirements of the state in which the equipment is being used. SOLAS does not make any additional requirements of the party weighing a packed container.

As a National issue, National governments may, as part of their enforcement policies, implement requirements applicable to owners of weighing equipment. It should be noted that SOLAS itself does not require any assessment or registration of a service provider and any such requirements would be determined by national authorities.
See also Question B2.

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