The problem of misdeclared container weight: perspectives from New Zealand and implications for its law

This paper addresses the problem of misdeclaring container weights, which causes accidents on land and sea, with serious consequences. It reviews the current international law, and the verification of container weight mandated in the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) convention, and relates them to New Zealand law and practice as an example. It concludes that the SOLAS plan, simply written into local law, is unlikely to be enough by itself to fix the problem. It considers the points in the supply chain where responsibility could be placed for weighing and proposes a “chain of responsibility” approach with initial weighing by the shipper and check weighing later, especially at ports, with misdeclared containers being reportable as incidents. Such a system should deal comprehensively with the problem.


  • English

Media Info

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01611373
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 15 2016 3:43PM