Hassle-free container weighing and compliance


From July 1 2016, a new maritime law will require all containers and cargo items to be weighed and verified prior to shipping using trade approved weighing equipment.

Part 24B: Carriage of Cargoes – Stowage and Securing:

Regulation VI of SOLAS has been amended to require a packed CSC container to be provided with a verified gross mass where it is to be carried on an international voyage. The amendments were adopted in 2014 and will enter into force on 1 July 2016. The amended SOLAS text requires shippers to provide a verified gross mass in the shipping documents. This must be obtained using one of the following two methods:

  • Weighing the packed container using calibrated and certified equipment; or

  • Weighing all packages and cargo items, including the mass of pallets, dunnage and other securing material to be packed in the container and adding the tare mass of the container to the sum of the single masses, using a certified method approved by the competent authority of the State in which packing of the container was completed.

The verified gross mass must be signed by a person authorised to do so by the shipper. It must also be submitted to the port or the master sufficiently in advance of loading to be used in the stowage plan. Where a verified gross mass is not provided, the container shall not be loaded on the ship.

Currently the shipper is required to ensure that the gross mass of the container is in accordance with the gross mass declared on the shipping documents.

It’s taken care of

With Transport Specifications’ Weighcheck rapid mobile response service – container weighing and certification is taken care of. Our experienced team will weigh and certify your packed CSC containers – wherever they may be.

No need to purchase expensive equipment or install permanent weighing facilities that require maintenance and regular calibration.

Weighcheck benefits:

Hassle free:

Using Weighcheck saves you the time and hassle involved with managing your container weighing compliance requirements.


Trusted 3rd-party independent verification:

With over 35 years industry experience Transport Specifications removes any uncertainty around self-reported load verifications.


Accurate weighing:

With trade approved weighing equipment, the Weighcheck service is accurate to a level of Class III OIML R76 with a weighing scale interval not greater than 50kg.


Immediate results:

Validation results can be submitted or shared on site using our smart phone application.


No training required:

Avoid the expense of training staff and purchasing equipment to meet your compliance requirements.


As legislation changes – so do we

No need to worry about ongoing compliance with ever changing legislation and compliance. We at TSL will take care of this for you.


For any questions or a demonstration – get in touch

By phone or email

Transport Specifications Ltd

P. (09) 415 9060
F. (09) 415 9085
E. info@tsltd.co.nz