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European terminal operators criticize new container rules

Six months before the new requirements for mandatory weighing of containers come into force, European terminal operators are now criticizing the regulations and point to a lack of information and harmonization from national governments.

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Just six months from now, the new requirements for mandatory weighing of containers will come into force worldwide, but the regulations could result in total confusion, warn European terminal operators, such as APM Terminals and DP World, gathered in Feport, The Federation of European Private Port Operators, in a statement.

The new rules are an addition to the IMO's SOLAS convention ((Safety Of Life At Sea) and aim to ensure that containers are weighed before being transported at sea. But even though the deadline is fast approaching, there is still a shortage of information and, not least, no joint agenda from the European governments concerning implementation of the rules, notes the organization. As such, the authorities should formulate guidelines to safeguard efficiency in the European ports and throughout the supply chain, in order to prevent uneven competition between member states:

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