DP World introduces container Weight Mis-Declaration Fee from 1 October 2023

By Margaret Bux
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You may recall that an innovative weighing device called a Pondus Stand was first implemented by Patricks shipping terminals in Australia in January 2022 to more accurately weigh shipping containers and meet safety requirements throughout the supply chain network.

DP World has now introduced this technology at their Melbourne Terminal, with import containers to commence being statistically sampled and weighted on the Pondus stand from 1st October 2023. 

A reminder to importers that any unit having an absolute weight variance greater than one metric tonne compared to the declared weight will attract the “weight mis-declaration fee for import cargo”. 

The Weight Mis-Declaration Fee of $232.00 Per Import Laden Unit will appear on your 1-Stop invoice and customers will have access to a certified weighing certificate.  All fees are exclusive of GST.

Containers that record an absolute weight variance less than one metric tonne, will not incur the fee. 

Our advice to importers, when communicating with overseas suppliers, is to instruct them to ensure that the weight on the bill of lading is correct and is always the gross mass of the packed goods, in accordance with SOLAS VGM (Safety of Life at Sea/Verified Gross Mass) regulations.

If you have any questions or queries in relation to container weight declaration, please do not hesitate to contact the team at Clarke Global Logistics on +61 3 9854 3000 or email

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