With just over a month to go before new container weighing rules come into force, a survey of shippers has found that only 40% have received sufficient information from their service providers.
Of the 49 shippers who responded to Drewry‘s survey, 20 were under-informed, 22 were sufficiently informed and seven declined to answer.
The new global rules require shippers to prove that every container they ship is accurately weighed, or their containers will not be accepted on board a ship.
While almost all of the survey’s respondents were aware of the rules, the majority of shippers and carriers expected them to cause delays to container shipments and/or cargo rolls.
When asked where these delays would occur, respondents were most likely to point to Asia followed closely by North America, Africa, South America and Europe. Respondents were more optimistic about Oceania, although delays were still predicted.
Criticism from shippers focused mainly on a perceived lack of communication. “No communication between carriers and terminals,” one anonymous shipper complained. “Advice from shipping lines and ports of loading is either conflicting or unclear,” said a freight forwarder.
Others said that, while the regulation is necessary, it has been introduced too quickly, not giving the supply chain time to create the necessary infrastructure. Some called for implementation to be delayed.