Which Weight Should Be Declared in a Container Bill of Lading?
The weight of a shipment can be declared in two ways: gross or net. The difference between the two weights is sometimes confusing for those not used to shipping cargo. Gross weight refers to the total weight (including containers, packing, and pallets) of the goods being loaded on a vessel. Net weight refers to the weight of the goods after they have been unloaded from their containers and unpacked.
This article will provide information about how these weights can affect your invoice and what you need to do when it comes time to declare your shipment’s weight.
Knowing which weight, you should declare in a container bill of lading is important for all businesses that ship cargo. This article will teach you about the difference between gross and net weights so that you can make an educated decision as to which one you choose for your company.
What is Gross Weight?
The gross weight of a shipment includes the total weight of the containers, packing and pallets, and the total weight of the goods being loaded on a vessel. When calculating your invoice, you need to include the gross weight in order to get an accurate account of what you need to pay. Gross weight is typically used when pricing freight for international transport.
What is Net Weight?
Net weight is the total weight of the goods after they have been unloaded from their containers and unpacked. This is the more accurate way to declare a shipment’s weight as gross weight includes packing materials and containers that may not be used on subsequent shipments.
How does the weight of a shipment affect the invoice?
The weight of a shipment can greatly affect how you will be charged for shipping. If a company loads a container with different types of cargo, the prices for each type of cargo will change based on how much it weighs. For example, if one box was shipped and weighed 5 kilograms, the price would be 100 euros. However, if two boxes were shipped and each weighed 2 kilograms, the price would be 50 euros.
The weight of your shipment also affects how much fuel is required to ship your cargo. The heavier your shipment is, the more fuel is needed to get it from point A to point B. This means that if you declare a lower weight than what weighs, this will affect how much you are charged for transport and/or fuel charges.
In shipping, the gross weight is the total weight of a shipment, including the weight of the container, packing materials, and the freight. This weight is usually expressed as a decimal fraction of a metric ton. For example, a shipment of 8.5 metric tons may have a gross weight of 8500 kg.
The net weight is the actual weight of the shipment, excluding the weight of the container, packing materials, and the freight. This weight is usually expressed as a decimal fraction of a metric ton. For example, a shipment of 8.5 metric tons may have a net weight of 7950 kg.
In some countries, such as Canada or Belgium, the net weight is always shown on the invoice. In some other countries, such as France or Italy, it is not necessary to show the net weight on the invoice if it is declared as such on the accompanying documents.
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