The S.C. Ports Authority has spelled out how it will use on-terminal scales to help shippers comply with new SOLAS rules for declaring the accurate weight of containers to their ocean carrier.
Matt Cox, chief executive officer of the Jones Act ocean carrier, says he would not be surprised if industry losses in 2016 exceed $10 billion, but Matson, which operates primarily between the U.S. mainland, Hawaii and Alaska, has limited exposure.
Air cargo volumes have been hindered by sluggish global trade growth and the falling load factor is continuing to keep intense pressure on freight yields and revenues, according to the International Air Transport Association.
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Terminal operator Ports America says it will accept containers without the required container weight data and, if necessary, allow boxes to be weighed afterwards for compliance with the International Maritime Organization's new verified gross mass rule.
Federal Maritime Commissioner William P. Doyle praised the statement from ocean carrier group OCEMA, but noted officials "still need to address an important liability issue for the shippers" in order to implement new verified gross mass requirements.
Jim Newsome, director of the South Carolina Ports Authority, is arguing for weighing containers at terminals to meet new international safety rules, but the Port of Long Beach says using on-site scales for that purpose is too much of a challenge.