Hello all, I have a question that I believe everyone has asked them selves but I'm not sure how the majority are handling it. There are times when we quote a shipment based on what the origin agent provides us as the volume or weight but do we check it again once it arrives to our warehouse? We are constantly verifying through the Bill of Ladings and validating weight certificates we receive from agents but should we go so far as to take time out to re weight the shipments on our scales in our warehouses to bill those 50 extra lbs. our 500 extra lbs. that could appear? It could also work the other way where the shipment comes out less weight than the quoted but we don't provide a discount on less weight than what's quoted. So picking the industries brain a little please let me know how you handle your inbounds to compare to your quotes. Thanks
Hello Arnaldo, that's a great observation. from my reading what we will begin to do is request the certified VGM from the ocean lines which like you state are done before loading. i was unaware that they didn't change the BL weights after the fact. It's great we are all talking about this because maybe we should look for scale options for our facilities. with today's technology i believe there are small low cost units that could measure each axles weight to get a better idea of actual weights. thanks for the feedback.
Nefty/Arnaldo, I agree with the observation, this issue should be explored more. I curious to hear more on this topic from other IAM and other association members.
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Thanks for the feedback Arthur very helpful. I wish we all had a certified truck scale in our yards. It would make life a whole lot easier. Have a great holiday season.