Members of Shipping Australia, a trade body comprising shipping representatives, shippers, freight forwarders and the regulator (AMSA) have decided that from 1 July 2016, a container cannot be loaded onto a ship unless a verified actual gross mass of the container is provided by the shipper in advance, and the shipping documentation states the method used for that verification. Shippers will have to bear the costs if incorrect declarations are made and delays occur at the ship-shore interface.
The decision comes on the back of the new Solas convention requirements for the verification and declaration of a container’s mass. This should ensure that the container’s gross verified weight is communicated in shipping documents sufficiently in advance of loading to enable preparation of a ship stowage plan.
Shipping Australia is a national shipping association comprising 36 member shipping lines and shipping agents that are involved with over 70% of the country’s container and car trade, over 60% of its breakbulk and bulk trades, and significant cruise ship and tug operations.