China is to implement random inspections on containers being exported from its ports once the SOLAS rule comes into effect on July 1, 2016, according to the Journal of Commerce.
The inspections were announced as part of new guidelines issued by the Chinese Ministry of Transport.
The industry has raised many questions regarding how major states will implement the rule, and the guidelines from China are evidence that the rule, after some turbulence, is beginning to be universally accepted.
The container weighing amendment is to become mandatory in all 162 IMO states and random inspections is one of the most viable ways member states can ensure adherence to the rule after questions were raised over how compliance would be ensured.
Watch an interview below with Jonathan C. Williams of The Federation of National Associations of Ship Brokers and Agents (FONASBA) on how the rule will be regulated once it comes into action: