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Container Weight FAQ

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Q: Our company only ever provides part loads/less than container load (LCL), never a full container load (FCL) so what is our position?

A: This is a Commercial issue

This will depend on your contractual arrangement with the co-loading freight forwarder that enters into the contract of carriage with the carrier and thus becomes the shipper to the carrier (see A1 above). If permitted under the terms of the contract with the ‘master’ forwarder, your company may use Method 2 to verify the actual mass of the goods being shipped and pass that information on to the party completing the packing of the container.  However, responsibility for providing the accurate, verified gross mass of a co-loaded container remains with the shipper named on the maritime carrier’s bill of lading, i.e. the ‘master’ freight forwarder.


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