Moscow. December 8. Retailers, producers and farmers around the world have protested against the new safety regulations for vessels, believing that they will increase transport costs and cause delays at ports, writes The Wall Street Journal.
From July next year in 171 countries will begin to act rules of the International Maritime organization (IMO), which require exporters to certify the weight of containers before loading on ships. Carriers claim that accurate weighing is necessary because the congestion of the container often causes damage to goods and may even lead to the capsize of the vessel.
At the same time, shippers in many States say they don’t have enough equipment to weigh such a large number of containers. Some also said that they learned about the new rules only recently and is still not familiar with the details.
About 60% of shippers, carriers and others involved in international trade the parties do not believe that the industry will have time to prepare for the new rules by July, according to a survey Inttra Inc.
In recent years carriers have released lines on large vessels that can carry up to 20 thousand containers, which reduces transport costs, but increases the potential costs in case of accidents. While companies are annoyed by even the slightest delay in shipment because they are under pressure because of the need for rapid delivery of goods to consumers and business, notes the WSJ.
Executive Director, American Agriculture Transportation Coalition (AGTC) Peter Friedman notes that such products as cotton and wood, can be heavy under the influence of the environment (increasing humidity). He said AGTC asks port authorities to prevent fluctuations in weight by 6-7%.
According to the world shipping Council (World Shipping Council), an average of about 1.7 million containers per year are lost in the ocean in 2008-2013. The amount of shipping exceeds 120 million containers a year.