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SOLAS Amendments July 2016    
Shipper's Letter of Instructions    
RULE REVISION HISTORY
Rule 2.23 – PROVISIONS FOR SHIPPER LOAD, STOW & COUNT CONTAINERS

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Displaying: Original Published Date: 01/20/2016
RULE: 2.23 - PROVISIONS FOR SHIPPER LOAD, STOW & COUNT CONTAINERS	
Effective 1/20/16
	
When containers are loaded and sealed by Shipper or his Agent, Carrier will accept such shipments as, 
and B/Ls shall be claused, "Shipper Load, Stow and Count," and shall be SUBJECT to the following 
provisions:
     
a. Carrier will NOT be responsible or liable, either directly or indirectly, for any damage resulting 
from the improper stowage, loading or mixing of articles in containers, nor for any discrepancy or 
shortage in the count thereof, nor for any concealed or hidden damage to the cargo.
     
b. All labor and materials, such as lashing, bulkheads, cross members, platforms, dunnage, pallets or 
other similar materials, used to block, brace or secure cargo in/on container for safe transportation 
MUST be supplied by and at the expense of the Shipper or his Agent. Carrier will NOT be responsible 
for, and rates and charges named in this Tariff do NOT include, the return or exchange of such 
materials after use unless otherwise specifically provided in individual TLIs.  Materials used for 
securing, bracing, lashing, etc. (other than normal packaging or pallets) shall NOT be included in 
the overall weight or measurements of the cargo for the purposes of calculating freight charges.
     
c. Shipper MUST furnish Carrier with a complete list of all cargo in each container, including a 
complete description of all articles in the container and the gross weight and overall cubic 
measurement of the cargo contents.  When Shipper fails to provide such a list, freight charges shall 
be calculated on the highest rated commodity in the container at either the applicable FCL rate when 
provided or the net weight of the container (e.g. gross weight less tare weight) for weight rated 
commodities or the total inside cubic capacity of the container for measurement rated commodities.  
Each individual piece, package or unit in a Shipper sealed container loaded to full visible capacity 
need NOT be marked as required in Rule 2.9.
   
d. Carrier reserves the right to open, inspect and recalculate dimensions of cargo contents or to 
verify the contents of any container with respect to description, weight and/or measurement.  When 
Carrier opens a container such inspection will be indicated on the B/L and Shipping Documents.  
Container will then be resealed with Carrier's seal.  Where any error in description, weight or 
measurement is found, Shipper shall be rebilled for all freight and additional assessorial charges 
due.  Upon inspection of the container contents, if Carrier judges the packing or securing of cargo 
to be inadequate to protect cargo and container during normal ocean transportation, the Carrier shall 
either refuse to transport the shipment or shall repack and resecure the cargo in the container. All 
repacking or resecuring expenses shall be for the account of the cargo.
     
e. Shippers placing locking and/or security devices on loaded containers MUST assume full 
responsibility for getting the proper "key" to the Consignee by the time the shipment is delivered.
     
f. When a container subject to "Shippers Load, Stow and Count" is delivered, the consignee or his 
Agent MUST furnish Carrier with a clean receipt, prior to release of the container or its contents 
for delivery.
     
g. All cargo loaded in a single container MUST be destined to a single Consignee at 1 (one) port or 
point of destination.  Further, containers containing part lots destined to more than 1 (one) 
ultimate receiver MUST be consigned to a single Consignee.
     
h. Carrier will accept hazardous or dangerous cargo (See Rule 16) loaded in containers handled 
in "Shipper Load, Stow and Count" service ONLY when Shipper has obtained Carrier's prior approval, 
and ONLY when Shipper has compiled with all packing, labeling, marking and placarding regulations 
outlined in Rule 16 of this Tariff.
     
i. Gross weight of loaded containers CANNOT exceed highway weight limitations, unless Shipper, 
Consignee or their agent have obtained specific authorization from relevant governmental authorities 
and in NO event shall the gross weight of container and contents exceed the maximum weight capacity 
of the container.  Further without regard to intent, negligence or any other factor, Shipper, 
Consignee and their agents shall be and will
remain jointly, severally and absolutely liable for any fine, penalty or other sanction imposed by 
any governmental authority on containers moving in "Shipper Load, Stow and Count" service which 
exceed lawful over-the-road weight limitations.