When is a container considered as Over weight..??
- I need to understand when is a container considered as Over weight ?
- Will I incur additional surcharge because of this.
- As per standard info there are limits / max weight declared per each box type / size but I noticed for example that a 20GE has a limit of 30,000 pound but carriers charged me for overweight over 27 Tons.
- Why is that and what are those limits for OVER weight?
A good question from Abdel..
Abdel firstly, every container should have a valid safety approval plate called CSC (Container Safety Convention) plate in order for it to be used in international trade.. This is in accordance with the provisions of the International Convention on Safe Containers of 1972..
The role of this CSC plate is to confirm that the container has been inspected and found to be in a condition suitable for transportation on board the ship..
This plate has all the details of the Owners, Technical Data, and ACEP information.. ACEP being short for, Approved Continuous Examination Programme, in short every 30 months a container must be turned into a Container Depot for examination..
Also read about the post about the Anatomy of a Shipping Container..
This CSC plate also shows the gross weight as can be seen in an example below..
Using above plate as an example, a container that has been loaded more than the allowed weight – in this case 32,500 kgs including the tare weight of the container, will be considered as OVER WEIGHT..
It is therefore imperative that the packing warehouse/depot check this CSC plate upon the arrival of the container and ensure that they do not exceed the Maximum Gross Weight mentioned on the plate..
Most container shipping lines have containers that have different weight capacities because not all cargoes are heavy.. Therefore if the shipper is aware that his cargo is going to be heavy – say Minerals, Steel Coils or such similar types, they can always request the shipping line to release such “heavy tested” or “high payload” containers for packing such cargoes..
To answer your other questions Abdel, a 20GE container can carry way above the 30,000 pound weight limit you have mentioned.. It might be 30,000 kgs.. So in your case, you need to cross check what was the capacity of the container and maybe you exceeded the max gross weight..
Shipping lines are well within their rights to charge the client for any overweight container and also for any misdeclaration of weights.. As you might have read in this blog, misdeclaration of container weights is a serious issue affecting the ship and the trade..
It is the joint responsibility of the shipper, the packing warehouse, the transporter and the shipping line to ensure that the weight of the container does not exceed the maximum allowed limits in the interest of everyone’s safety..
Other readers with practical experience in having handled overweight containers, please share your experiences for the benefit of all..