Six months from now, a verified weight certificate will need to be produced before any container is loaded onto a ship.
The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has set the date at July 1st, 2016, and since this is probably one of the most significant changes to shipping since the advent of containerisation, Marsden has been closely following the progress on this new ruling. The requirement to verify the weight of a container affects every corner of the planet, and responsibility will fall to the shipper.
On 1st July 2016, new legislation will come into force that will affect anyone exporting goods via containers. Set out by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the ruling states that every container will need to be weighed and proof of weight provided before the goods can be legally loaded onto a ship.