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Newsletter Issue #9 - Dec 2016
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General Assembly in Vienna

It has now been two months since the General Assembly in Vienna, but the memories are still fresh. First of all, we would like to thank all the attendees, and we hope that it was an enjoyable experience, setting the work load aside.

Since this years General Assembly also had a strong focus on International Cooperation, we also thank our International Partners from China, Japan and USA for participating, and we hope to welcome you again next year in Milan. Furthermore, we are proud and honoured to have signed the Letters of Intent with JMIF and CWIA, which enables us to move forward with our Cooperation on transparent and stable grounds.

We are also happy to welcome our Portuguese member Grupo Marques. As our first company member in CECIP, we are happy that they have decided to join, and we hope that they can find a cooperation partner to found a Portuguese Weighing Association in the future, so that we can also have a full Portuguese representation among our Member associations.

Finally, a great thank you to Hermann Sonnleitner, Peter Neusser and Maria Milisits from our Austrian member association is due, since it was their hard work that made the entire organization possible. We thank you for hosting CECIP, and for the great organizaion.

We hope you enjoyed the General Assembly as well and found it informative as well, and to welcome you in Milan next year.

by Friedrich Trosse

 

CECIP General Assembly 2017 in Milan confirmed



CECIP General Assembly 2017 is now officially confirmed to be held in Milan from the 7th to 10th of June 2017. We hope that you can save the date!

CECIP and Co.Me.Lab, who will be the hosting association next year, are currently in the process of putting final touches to the agenda, as well as to pick a hotel. We will inform all of you as soon as a decision has been taken.

At the moment we are also looking into the organization of the events surrounding the General Assembly. As a partners program, Co.Me.Lab has proposed a walking tour through the center of Milan, which will take the participants along the Opera house La Scala, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, and other sights. Of course the tour would not be complete without seeing the Madonnina on top of the Milan Cathedral, whose roof may also be visited.

As location for our Gala Diner, there are currently two options. Number one is in the Castello Sforzesco, the castle of the Sforza family, which used to be the rulers of Milan. Another option is the Palazzo Mezzanote, which is the previous seat of the Milan stock exchange. We will let you know as soon as it is decided. Rest assured that either way both are excellent options.

Finally, for the Saturday excursion, we would like to take you to see the famous Cenacolo, or Last supper by Leonardo da Vinci, which can be visited in the Santa Maria delle Grazie Church.

We hope to welcome you all next year in Milan!

Friedrich Trosse

 

Possible Implications of “Brexit”

by Ian Turner, CECIP LMG Vice-President

After the surprise result of the vote in the UK regarding European Union Membership the UK must now begin the long and challenging process of leaving the EU.

The new Primeminister, Therese May, has said the “Brexit means Brexit” although quite what this will mean in reality is still unclear and is likely to remain unclear in the medium term. What we can say is that the legal and administrative frameworks in the UK will be different in the future.

At this point it is difficult to predict quite what the shape of the future will be but it is possible to suggest some of the challenges that will be faced not only by the UK but also the EU in the upcoming negotiations

It is likely that the UK government will want to differentiate UK law with the existing Directives to show that the departure from the EU has lead to change and not a continuation of the status quo. This will inevitably collide with the general wish of UK industry, which would like to maintain the technical and legislative standards as close to those of the member states as possible and the ones it has been working with for many years. There is wide range of Directives that governs all aspects of business and it is hoped that those that govern the weighing industry will remain as close to those to which we presently operate as possible.

If we assume that the UK law will closely mirror that used in the member states it will be crucial that the UK will continue to have access to a notified body for type approval and the ability to verify weighing instruments before they are placed on the market. The challenge will be that only member states or other countries that have an existing agreement with the EU can operate a notified body. It will be crucial that the UK sets up such an agreement in the negotiating period that will take place to ensure that UK business can continue to operate as before. This challenge will not be specific to the weighing and measuring sector but will cover all industries that are presently covered by the CE marking directives. As it will be a substantial problem for a large market sector it is hoped that it can be easily dealt with easily in future negotiations.

Whatever the challenges are in the future the UK will be trading with those partners and businesses that it has worked with for many years and will continue to work with in the future.

IMO/SOLAS

By Fabien Becquelin, Director of International Transports AUTF

Since the 1990s, maritime carriers have been the target of accusations by environmental NGOs for maritime pollution caused by the numerous losses of containers at sea. However, the enquiry conducted by the British MAIB on the MSC Napoli accident in 2007 revealed, in addition to the weakness of the hull structure due to previous damage, that mistakes about weight of cargo (both overweight and under weight) constituted aggravating factors of the accident without having caused it, as well as the bad placement of containers on board (non-compliance with the loading plan).

Maritime transport organisations have relied on these findings to initiate the process of shifting the responsibilities to the shippers which led, under the auspices of the IMO, to the incorporation of the container weight declaration into the SOLAS (Safety Of Life At Sea) Convention, and to tasking the Member States of the International Maritime Organisation to take all the steps to make this requirement obligatory.

Representing the logistic interests of manufacturers, retailers and wholesalers, collectively referred to as shippers, the European Shippers’ Council has been deeply involved in the definition process of this regulation. It has sought to do what it can to ensure that disproportionate constraints are not imposed on shippers and to avoid creating a mechanism that can slow down the supply chains.

The regulation came into force on July 1, 2016 and requires that the “shipper” check the total weight of all containers shipped by sea (except for containers shipped on the chassis or trailers on ro-ro vessels involved in short trips). The shipper must declare that weight in a timely manner thanks to “shipping document”. This amendment does not alter the contract of carriage and its principles, except for the purposes of SOLAS, the outlines of the concept of total weight including the tare weight of the container.

This text is made around two main concepts that are very important to understand in order to implement this new regulation. “Shipper” means a legal entity or person named on the bill of loading or sea way bill or equivalent multimodal transport document (e.g. through bill of loading) as shipper and/or who (or in whose name or on whose behalf) a contract of carriage has been concluded with a shipping company. “Shipping document” means a document used by the shipper to communicate the verified gross mass of the packed container. This document can be part of the shipping instructions to the shipping company or a separate communication (e.g. a declaration including a weight certificate produced by a weigh station).

There are two methods agreed by IMO to verify the total weight. The method 1 is the easiest to comprehend but probably the most difficult to implement operationally. The container must be weighed once the goods have been packed using a calibrated and certified equipment. This can be done by placing the container on a weighbridge or by using a lifting system.

The second method allows the total weight of the container to be determined by using the weight of everything that has been put inside the container and adding the tare weight of the empty container. The method used to reconstruct the total mass must be approved and certified by the competent authority of the State concerned. As planned in the early stages, the method 2 is the one mainly used throughout Europe with nearly 60% of shippers around Europe.

Since, the 1st of July we have the benefit of hindsight to see what are the main constraints faced by shippers. The main topic is harmonisation.

The first problem is about the regulation itself. Indeed, the different implementation level and method in different countries and jurisdictions are problematic. Late national implementation has also caused headaches to shippers who wanted to wait for the national specifications or that are working on a global scale. For example, implementation of method 2 is sometimes seen as difficult for certain shippers. There are differences between countries as no European approach has been taken. Sometimes, also method 1 is perceived as difficult to implement due to the lack of available weighing bridges in some places.

Additionally, the new contractual requirements made by other stakeholders (mainly freight forwarders and liner operators) linked to the Verified Gross Mass are very erratic. Each of the partners is using different processes or forms to fill. As an example, there are different closing times for declaration depending on the maritime carrier. We see now, that there is a clear need for alignment of the different procedures across the whole maritime industry.

On the operational side, the major problem noticed by shippers is the recovering of the tare weight of the container. Its inclusion in the VGM is troublesome because there are difficulties to get the tare of all containers depending on the carrier you use. There again, harmonisation is at the heart of the problem. Numerous fees and surcharges faced by shippers are also a very important problem. The fact is not the need to recover the costs of some new tasks but rather the use of this new regulation to unduly making money off the shelves of shippers by charging huge fees.

In the end, and although many industries know very well their products, the main problem faced by shippers internally when implementing the new SOLAS regulation was the modification of their internal database to get a proper weight for their products. Several works must be launched now at European level between all professional organisations and stakeholders to try to solve these problems and achieve, where possible harmonisation.

 

Forum

Dear CECIP Members,

As already announced at our General Assembly in Vienna this year, we will switch to a new Forum to host CECIP documents for members and working groups. In order to facilitate the transition, the following guide should help you to register and use the Forum in the future.

1) Registration
- The Forum can be found under the following link
- To start the registration process, please click on the Button “Register”, which is highlighted in the picture below:

- You will now have to agree to the terms and conditions of the forum
- The next step is to enter your name and email address in the form provided, as can be seen in the picture below:

- After this step is completed, you will receive an email. Furthermore, a second Email is sent to CECIP to request authorization of your Account: It is therefore important to state your last name in the forum registration. We will otherwise not be able to identify the account and refuse access to the forum. In case you would like to have a member of your national association added please also inform CECIP beforehand, otherwise also these registration attempts will be blocked.
- After the account has been activated by CECIP, you will have access to the CECIP Forum, as well as to the dedicated Forum of the Working Group of which you may be a part. In case you are not a member of a Working Group, your account will be denied access to the Forum, and it will not appear on the Forum front page. The overview page looks like this:

- As a last step, you can subscribe to any Forum you want to be kept updated about. If you subscribe to a Forum, you will automatically be informed via email every time a new document is uploaded or any other information is added. To subscribe, click on the Forum you want to be informed about and click on the “Subscribe Forum” Button (marked red in the picture below):


2) How to use the Forum:
- Your General Starting Point is always the Board index, which can be seen above in the third picture. As mentioned before, the Fora you are able to see depends the settings adjusted by CECIP as administrator.
- When you have entered a Forum, you can see all the topics that have been published. There is the possibility to search for a specific topic, as well as to change the order in which the topics are displayed. These search tools are highlighted in red in the picture below:

- As a regular user, you also have the possibility to start a new topic. This is simply done by first clicking the “New Topic” button which can also be seen in the picture above. You will then be taken to the following screen:

- Please make sure that if you open a topic you choose a well-suited title so that all of our Members can understand it. As Administrator, the Secretary General can always decide to move, alter or delete topics if it seems necessary to keep the forum running smoothly.
- If you simply want to reply to an existing topic, you can do so by clicking on the topic to which you would like to reply, and click on the “Post Reply” button, which is marked red in the picture below:

- Also for posting replies CECIP may always choose to delete posts if they do not seem to be helpful to keep a high level of functionality and cooperation within the Forum.

 

Barbara Morales Pascual to resume her job as a Secretary General for CECIP

As you might know Barbara Morales Pascual is taking her maternity and parental leave after giving birth to her second daughter at the end of November 2015. Whilst on maternity leave, her position was filled by Friedrich Trosse, from the VDMA Brussels Office, with a contract until the end of August 2016.

In the meantime, Bárbara has confirmed that she wants to resume her job as the CECIP Secretary General in Brussels starting in October 2016. She is organizing the relocation and the necessary set-up in Brussels.

On one hand, we would like to say goodbye to Friedrich who left us end of August. He stepped in very fast last year taking over from Barbara as much as possible. He worked diligently and very active as the Secretary General supporting our members as well as the Working Groups and the Board of CECIP. His “masterpiece” was maybe the organization of the General Assembly in Vienna of which all of us will have good memories. I wanted to sincerely thank Friedrich for his great contribution during this year and I wish him all the best for his future career.

On the other hand, I wanted to welcome back Barbara as the Secretary General. With her sound knowledge of CECIP she can certainly pick up very fast so that the impact of the change for all of us will be minor. I wish Barbara a great re-start with CECIP and I hope that she will overcome the relocation hurdles easily.

In the meantime you may contact CECIP through all well-known channels such as barbara.morales.pascual@cecip.eu, info@cecip.eu or Tel. +32 (0)2 706 8215. Please refer also to our website www.cecip.eu for the latest updates.

With my best regards,

Urs Widmer

President of CECIP

 

Who is who in the United Kingdom?

The industry

The United Kingdom Weighing Federation (UKWF) is a trade association of 77 members covering the largest weighing businesses in the UK and the large number of small, often family run weighing businesses. It can trace its history back to the last century as the “London Association of Scale makers”.

A board of 10 members, which meet several times a year to discuss and decide policy decisions and decide the “day to day to day to day” running of the Federation runs it. The Federation also has a Secretary and a Technical Officer to implement the decisions of the Board.

The UKWF offers its members legal and technical advice on a wide range of legislative and technical matters to help with both the relationship with the authorities and to develop their businesses. They are also actively involved with lobbying Parliamentarians and Civil Servants in the UK, having regular meetings with both the policy making and enforcement representatives. This will become increasingly important as the UK engages with the EU on the processes of leaving the EU and the relationship that will replace it.

The UKWF are active members in CECIP and involved in all the working groups. More information can be found at: http://www.ukwf.org.uk

The notified body in the UK

There are three notified bodies offering approval under Annex 2 of the Directive 2014/31 (Module D) SGS, BSI and the NMO. Most weighing companies in the UK use the NMO for this accreditation. The NMO also offers type approval for all types of weighing instruments under 2014/31 and other instruments under the MID. The NMO is the UK representative on the OIML and is a signatory to MAA agreements offering OIML to R76 offering services to clients around the world.

The market surveillance organization.

The National Measurement Office in the UK has recently become part of a larger department called Regulatory Delivery (RD). They have the responsibility for market surveillance for all sectors including legal metrology. The execution of market surveillance is carried in the UK is carried out by local Weights and Measures Departments

The market surveillance projects are decided in conjunction with the local Weights and Measures Departments and the joint projects that are decided by member states at WELMEC WG5. The results are published nationally on the RD websites and are used as market information for the following years.

The local Weights and Measures Authority conduct the verification and inspection of all weighing and measuring equipment. There is no periodic re-verification in the UK so all equipment is inspected on a random basis using a risk based process.

 

Agenda

  • 19/09/2016 Subgroup WELMEC WG2 meeting – Modul approach, Göttingen (Germany)
  • 20-21/09/2016 WELMEC WG2 meeting, Göttingen (Germany)
  • 22/09/2016 Subgroup Euramet AWIcal meeting, Göttingen (Germany)
  • 27/09/2016 ICG meeting, Brussels (Belgium)
  • 28/09/2016 LMG meeting, Brussels (Belgium)
  • 17-21/10/2016 CIML meeting, Strasbourg (France)
  • 19-20/10/2016 15th Internationale Conference /51th OIML meeting, Strasbourg (France)
  • 25-26/10/2016 WELMEC WG7 meeting, Warsow (Poland)
  • 31/10/2016 BTG meeting (teleconference)
  • 8-9/11/2016 WELMEC WG5/ADCO MI meeting, Ljubljana (Slovenia)
  • 7/12/2016 ICG meeting, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
  • 8/12/2016 CECIP Board meeting, Leusden (The Netherlands)
  • 9/12/2016 Website meeting, Leusden (The Netherlands)
  • 11/01/2017 BTG meeting, Brussels (Belgium)
  • 12/01/2017 wgMI meeting, Brussels (Belgium)

 

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