Our Experience

We have just dispatched our first container load of certified container scales to Rotterdam, Europe. The container was placed inside our Dunedin facility last week, and loaded over two days.

Once fully loaded, we weighed the container using a certified set of BISON C-Jacks and the BISON VGM App.

The shipping container scales weighed the container in at 12,150kg. Weighing the container at our factory with the C-Jacks and App meant we could email a Verified Gross Mass Certificate directly to our forwarder, well before the container was picked up. On the right, this is what the certificate looked like.

The C-Jacks allowed us to check and record the container's load distribution, using the BISON VGM AppWe also used the App to take photos of the container and seal during the loading, sealing and weighing process. These images are held in a single electronic record with the VGM Certificate and serve as a good record of compliance and cargo contents.

When the container was collected, we decided to run it over a certified weighbridge to compare the weight and process. The weigh bridge gave a result of 12,230 kg, with a charge of $65. The variation of 80kg (< 0.7%) indicates both weighing methods are accurate; although the accuracy of a weighbridge VGM always depends on how careful the trucking company is in registering a truck's tare weight and accounting for variables such as the fuel and driver.

From a cost perspective, at $65 per weigh, a weighbridge might make sense for shippers making occasional shipments. But for shippers dispatching 2+ containers per week, the return on investment makes owning your own container scales a seriously competitive option. The higher the weighbridge fees and container volume, the more compelling this becomes. Our latest customer will get payback on his BISON C-Jacks in only 22 weeks!

Economics aside, it was really beneficial knowing the weight before the container was picked up. It allowed us to advise our forwarder, who was then able to send a suitable truck and trailer to collect the container. It also meant that the VGM was pushed into the terminal booking system well before the container reached the gates.

Not only was the process smooth and efficient, but it reinforced the accuracy and convenience of BISON's container weighing and SOLAS VGM solutions.

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