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Container Weight FAQ

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Q: Is it permissible for a company to provide a service to weigh cargo under Method 2 and issue a ‘Verified Gross Mass’ certificate to a shipper? If so what criteria will they have to meet?

A: This is an International and National issue:

As an international issue, nothing in SOLAS would prevent a company from offering such a service as long as the company uses weighing equipment that meets the applicable accuracy standards and requirements of the State in which the equipment is used.  However, a shipper using the mass obtained from a company providing such weighing services remains under SOLAS responsible to ensure that the verified gross mass provided to the carrier and the terminal operator is accurate.  

As a national issue, provision of services to weigh cargo using Method 2 may be subject to national rules and regulations.

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