Weighing shipping container consignments

14 March 2016

On the 1st July 2016, Maritime New Zealand will be implementing the amendments to Chapter VI of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) that will require all export containers to have a verified weight.

The SOLAS amendments will require shippers to provide a verified weight in the shipping documents. These changes were made due to unbalanced placement of containers on ships because of unverified weights causing safety issues.

Maritime New Zealand is now consulting on the way these new rules will be applied.

These changes could present some challenges for timber exporters who traditionally have relied on volume calculations to determine weight.

This method will no longer be acceptable and some New Zealand ports have already stated that they will not be accepting containers onto the site that do not have a pre- verified weight.

Weight measured by calibrated weigh bridge, fork lift and crane load cells will be acceptable under this amendment.

The NZTIF will be taking part in this consultation process.