FIATA puts container weighing on the balance

FIATA delegates gathered in big numbers in Los Angles to attend the 50th edition of the FIATA World Congress. This is the annual feature where the community of freight forwarders, logistics service providers and Customs agents meet to discuss the most important issues of their trade.

This week-long Congress pulls together an unprecedented number of speakers for an audience of the very top level of transport related service officials from all over the world.

This year some 800 delegates form 78 countries parted with some of their precious time to deliberate on a complex and rich agenda. Traditionally the Working Group Sea of the Multimodal Transport Institute works hard in preparation of the sessions.

The delegates attending the meeting endorsed the joint FIATA/CLECAT position paper on the issue of mandating container weighing in ports.

Robert Keen, the Chairman of the FIATA Working Group, in the margins of the meetings summarised the core of the issue as follows: “FIATA is not blind to see that this is a real issue, especially in regards of our members’ expectations in terms of compliance and best business practice. There is no question that precise weight declarations are an advantage for all parties concerned. The question we have analysed is another. Do we need container weight legislation and, if there were such legislation in place, would its cost/benefit analysis justify the effort? FIATA is wholeheartedly behind any incentive to make container weighing more precise, we are less inclined to accept such an issue to be on the legislative agenda.”

10 October 2012

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