Carriers, Shippers Teaming Up In Preparation For New Container Weighing Regulations

A group consisting of carriers, U.S. shippers and logistics providers are coming together in preparation for new global regulations requiring the weighing of containers before they are allowed to be loaded onto a ship. The new rules are slated to be implemented on July 1, 2016.

The Agriculture Transportation Coalition (AgTc) and the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) member carriers have created a working committee to create best practices and respond to concerns regarding the new amendments of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea. The working committee consists of executives from 25 shippers and trucking companies who are AgTc members, eight container lines and three software providers.

“The goal is to keep cargo moving through our U.S. ports, without causing further delays or congestion. We have much to do in a very tight time frame.” AgTC Executive Director Peter Friedmann said in a statement. “Although the two acceptable methods of container weighing are known, there are plenty of details not clear, such as how electronic data will be handled. Even more worrying is the fact there is no standard procedure for carriers to implement the new rules,” said Donna Lemm, vice president global sales at Mallory Alexander International Logistics and chair of the working committee. Stay tuned as more clarification comes regarding the new container weighing regulations.