Ag exporters welcome interpretation of weight reporting rule

Under interpretation, if shipper provides cargo mass weight and carrier adds to that the container weight, then the intent of SOLAS is achieved.

In a letter sent to the commander of the U.S. Coast Guard, the Agricultural Transportation Coalition (ATC) and others agreed with the service’s interpretation of a new shipping container weight rule that’s part of the International Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention.

The regulation, which is set to go into effect July 1 for international cargo, requires shippers to verify the weight of cargo and containers before they are loaded onto ships. The amendment was to go into effect

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