Weight determination Method No. 1: Weighing
Weighing of the fully loaded and sealed container by the shipper or a third party appointed by the shipper using calibrated and certified weighing equipment. Often recycling stations, agricultural cooperatives such as Raiffeisen (Germany) have appropriate truck scales that offer this service for a fee.
Weight determination Method No. 2: Calculation
Sum of individual weights = weight of goods + weight of all packaging (pallets, stowage material, securing material in container) + container tare
The calculation method must be certified and approved by an authorized body. The Ship Safety Department of BG (Berufsgenossenschaft) Verkehr in Germany is responsible for implementing the SOLAS requirements. The department specifies that the gross mass can be determined by calculating the components under an existing certification (AEO ISO) if the process is documented.
For shippers who do not have this option, a procedure is still announced, which is considered certified and recognized by BG Verkehr. There will be no special approval procedures at BG Verkehr with regard to either certification or the use of weighing devices (note: this method does not apply to the loading of scrap, waste, loose grain and other bulk materials).