18th April 2017
Shippers must declare EU road freight weights from 7th May 2017
Less than a month from now, a new law is set to come into force within the European Union that will force shippers to declare the weight of their cargo to hauliers transporting goods within Europe
In what amounts to a partial extension of the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) amendment of the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) regulations that entered global maritime regulation last July, the EU 2015/719 directive will formally enter law on 7 May 2017.
The new directive will mean that shippers with goods loaded in containers and swapbodies will have to provide hauliers with what was described by Freight Transport Association (FTA) director of global and European policy Chris Welsh as a “statement of compliance” − that the weight of the cargo and transport unit added to the weight of the truck and chassis will not exceed legal weight limits on roads.
“The regulation will stop hauliers being put in a position that sees them break legal road limits, often without knowing it. This can be serious for hauliers – they can have their operating licences taken away, and although it is not a major problem in the UK, it does happen sometimes and there are some unscrupulous firms.”
Welsh added that one of the key elements of the directive was that “no one wanted entirely new legislation”, adding: “We have an agreement that using existing documents such as packing notices will be sufficient to the statement, while shippers exporting containers outside the EU will be deemed to have complied with the new directive by virtue of a valid VGM,” Welsh explained.
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