New cargo weight laws could impact shippers

New cargo weight laws could impact shippers

Requirement from U.N. to verify weight of cargo and containers could put U.S. exports at a disadvantage if rule isn't enforced equally.

New rules scheduled to take effect in July of 2016 could adversely affect export cargo shippers. While it may primarily impact container cargoes, it could significantly affect livestock customers as well as some soybean exports directly — similar to the disruption experienced at West Coast ports during the labor dispute last year.

The rules will require shippers to verify the weight of cargo and containers for steamships and terminal operators before the containers are loaded onto

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