United States Coast Guard officials made it clear at a Federal Maritime Commission hearing Thursday in Washington, D.C. the shipping industry will have to comply with International Maritime Organization verified gross mass requirements on July 1.

By Eric Johnson |Thursday, February 18, 2016
The U.S. Coast Guard has a succinct message for the container shipping industry: don’t expect a delay in the implementation of the International Maritime Organization’s new container weight verification mandate, and don’t look to the Coast Guard to enforce the mandate on shippers. In a hearing facilitated by the Federal Maritime Commission in Washington, D.C. Thursday, USCG Rear Admiral Paul Thomas made clear that the global regulation applies to the loading of ships, and that the Coast Guard won’t play a policing role in ensuring shippers are complying with the regulation. That interaction will largely be determined by the commercial relationship between the ocean carrier, its shipper customers, and the container terminals.

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