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Container Weight FAQ

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Q: Once the container is packed and sent to the nearest weighbridge, what happens if it is found to be overweight for the national road limits or overloaded for the vehicle/trailer purposes?

A: Establishing the verified gross mass of the packed container after the commencement of transport may result in finding that the unit is overweight for purposes of national road or rail regulations, or indeed overloaded in terms of the capacity of the container. Where this happens, it will not be possible to continue the transport without breaking the law, which the road haulier or rail operator should not be prepared to do. The shipper will have to make arrangements to repack the cargo in order to comply with the applicable regulations.


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