Posted on June 22, 2016


New Container Regulation is Upon Us

Each year, approximately 1,700 ocean containers are lost overboard. This number has been rapidly growing due to the increased volume of shipments around the world and size of ocean vessels. In an effort to improve this negative statistic, the International Maritime Organization has implemented a new requirement to verify the weight of each container. This additional safety procedure takes effect on July 1, 2016, and it is mandatory for shippers, freight forwarders, vessel operators, and terminal operators. The shipper must be aware of penalties for not complying with this new regulation.

There are two methods to have the weight of each container verified: 1. Once the container is loaded and sealed, the shipper may weigh, or have a third party weigh the container. 2. Weighing all items inside the container individually, combined to the weight of the container. This method doesn’t apply to bulk commodities such as iron ore, grain, etc.

The shipper ultimately has the responsibility for weight verification and will be accountable for any additional charges that may occur due to non-compliance. Some examples of additional charges include handling, demurrage, storage, and the return of the container to its origin. 


Casegoods and lighting are the primary FF&E that is shipped in from overseas for a renovation or new construction project.  Although the responsibility for this change lies on the manufacturer that is importing the goods, purchasing agents and renovation teams should be aware so if delays do happen, they understand the nature of the cause.