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How to Handle Shipping Container Overweight Issues?

The weight limit of the container itself

There is information about the maximum weight on the door of each container, which means that your box and cargo cannot exceed this weight. This is the maximum strength that the container body can bear. If the cargo exceeds this limit, the container body may deform, the bottom plate may fall off, and the top beam may bend, causing all losses to be borne by the shipper. Most professional container terminals install automatic scales, so if the container is overloaded, the port will refuse to accept the container. Therefore, it is recommended that before loading the container, you should clearly see the weight limit on the shipping container body to avoid unnecessary return of the box and re-loading.

If the cargo is indeed overweight and cannot be divided, then an overweight container can be selected. This will add weight selection fees. Generally, the port/yard stacks the ordinary dry goods containers of the shipping company together. If you want to select a special overweight container, the port/yard must search one by one. The selection fee generally is the same as the specified container fee. There are many departments involved in the process of standard container transportation, so in addition to the weight limit of the shipping container body itself, there are other factors to consider.

Weight limit of each container by shipping companies

Generally, the weight policy of each shipping company is different. The standard is usually not to damage the container. For the balance of cargo space and weight, every 60-foot container ship has a certain cabin space and weight limit, but in a certain route, cabin space and weight are not always balanced. Contradiction often occurs in areas where weight cargo is concentrated, the weight of the ship has reached, and the cabin space is still much less. In order to make up for this cabin space loss, shipping companies often adopt a pricing strategy, that is, after the cargo weight exceeds a certain tonnage, they will charge additional shipping fees. Some shipping companies do not use their own ships but buy cabin space from other shipping companies for transportation, and the weight limit will be stricter, because the purchase and sale of cabin space between shipping companies are generally calculated according to the standard, and overweight items will not be shipped.

During peak periods, according to the popularity of the route, the weight limit for each shipping container type will be correspondingly reduced. When booking cargo, you must ask the freight forwarder about the weight limit of the shipping company at the latest time. If it is not confirmed and the goods are heavy, there is a risk. Some shipping companies, after exceeding the weight limit, will not have any room for communication and will directly let the shipper drag and unload the cargo and then re-weigh it. These costs are not easy to control.

Solutions for overweight shipping containers

This mainly includes overweight in the port area, overweight of the shipping company, and overweight at the destination port.

  • Overweight of the shipping company. Negotiate with the owner of the ship, pay the overweight fee, and follow other normal procedures.

  • The port area has self-regulations on overweight. If overweight is found when entering the port, you need to negotiate with the port, pay the overweight fee and the manual handling fee, or unload the container and re-load after the weight is reduced.

  • Overweight at the destination port. Generally, if the overweight is within a certain range, it can be solved by paying a fine. If the overweight is severe and the crane cannot bear it, it can only be unloaded at a nearby port or return along the original route.