Felixstowe readies box weighing solution
The Port of Felixstowe will offer a container weighing service ahead of new international regulations
The Port of Felixstowe has confirmed that it will offer a container weighing service to ensure UK shippers comply with new international regulations that will come into effect this summer.
From 1st July 2016, an amendment to the Safety of Life at Sea Convention will require every export container carrying cargo to have its weight verified before it is loaded on to a ship.
Stephen Abraham, chief operating officer at the Port of Felixstowe, said: “We have met with many customers and from their feedback it is clear that there is still a lot of uncertainty among exporters about the new rules.”
“The rules have the potential to cause significant disruption to export supply chains. To help avoid this, we have decided to provide a service where export containers can be weighed at the port before being loaded.”
The service will be available to containers arriving by both road and rail and further details will be provided by the port to ensure that all exporters can be compliant by the time the new rules come into force.
The Port of Felixstowe is the UK’s largest intermodal rail terminal with 40% of all laden export containers arriving by rail.