• Weighbridge weighing

    Chapter 3 - Cotton marketing - Controlling 


    Conveyances should be weighed while they are fully loaded and again after they have been unloaded while they are stationary on the weighbridge. Bales should be counted while they are being unloaded from the conveyances and any missing or short-landed bales should be calculated in accordance with Rule 217 (paragraphs 1–5) as detailed above and below.


    Weighing truck at warehouse

    Rule 217

    4. If the shipment is by container and all the containers are loaded onto one ship, the 25% referred to in paragraph 1 of this rule will apply to the total number of bales delivered.

    5. If the shipment is by container and the containers are loaded onto more than one ship, the 25% referred to in paragraph 1 of this rule will apply to the number of bales delivered in each ship.

    Container seal numbers should be checked and recorded before doors are opened and note should be taken of any containers with broken or missing seals in accordance with Rule 9 of Section B of the Container Trade Rules Agreement between ICA and the American Cotton Shippers Association which states:

    Missing bales:
    In case of shipper’s load and count, seller is liable for the contents of the container. Unless otherwise agreed between buyer and seller, any claim must be supported by certificates issued by seller’s controller stating the container serial and seal number and certifying that the seal was intact. However, in shipments involving ‘pier to house’ or ‘house to house’ movements and when seals are broken by customs or other authorities at port of entry container must be re-sealed and both the original seal and new seal numbers provided to shipper’s controller.

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