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Container Weight FAQ

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Q: Cargo may be palletized and transported by truck from one state to another, prior to being packed into a container. Equally, a shipper under the maritime carrier’s bill of lading may be located in one state, whereas the packer is located in another. Which state’s regulations apply in relation to the container packing using a Method 2 process?

A: In both cases, it is the regulations of the state in which the packing and sealing of the container is completed that apply. Such regulations may pertain to the process used or the shipper or both.

Thus, while the contracts may involve parties from other states, effective due diligence and appropriate service contracts setting out the obligations and remedies between the parties will be required to ensure that compliance is achieved.

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