The spotlight went on container weighing in 2016 with the introduction of SOLAS VGM regulations. In addition to the VGM declaration, cargo owners in Europe must now provide hauliers with a “Statement of Weight” before their container is dispatched. This is entirely consistent with industry best practices, as outlined in the CTU Code, which advises that containers be weighed before they enter the logistics chain.
These new regulations are leading more organisations to realise the benefits of controlling the container weighing operation themselves. Knowing the weight before the container leaves the site is not only safer, but the payload can be optimised, and the weight information can be communicated earlier to the logistics network. Bison has put together the following five points to help organisations considering investing in equipment to weigh their shipping containers on site before dispatch.