The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has received a formal proposal from companies, ports, unions and governments to require that containers used for shipping goods are weighed to determine their true weight and avoid risks.
The IMO Subcommittee on Dangerous Goods, Solid Cargoes and Containers was to consider the proposal at its September meeting, which ended on Friday, September 21.
The proposal was submitted by Denmark, the Netherlands, the United States, BIMCO, the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and the World Shipping Council (WSC).
“The badly declared container weights are recurring and creating a safety problem on the ground, on ships and on the roads. It’s time to solve that problem,” said the Secretary General of BIMCO, Torben Skaanild.
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