Netherlands Opts for ‘Flexible’ Container Weighing

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

June 30, 2016

Photo: Port of Rotterdam Authority

Photo: Port of Rotterdam Authority

As of July 1, shippers and freight forwarders are required to verify the weight of a container before the container is loaded onto a ship.

The Netherlands’ Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment recently published the Dutch interpretation of the international regulations.
Partly on the advice of Transport and Logistics Netherlands (TLN), freight forwarders association FENEX, shippers’ organization EVO and export association Fenedex, the Dutch government has opted for a flexible method: a scheme which allows companies that want to make use of a certified calculation method to follow a simple procedure.
This means that any company that follows this procedure may automatically use the so-called method 2. In other words, they do not need to have separate certifications, such as AEO or ISO certifications, or meet other additional requirements.
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