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The Marking Of Heavy Packages Act, 1951

The Marking Of Heavy Packages Act, 1951

The Marking Of Heavy Packages Act, 1951

[ACT N0.XXXIX of 1951]

[25th June, 1951]

An Act to give effect to the International Convention drawn up in Geneva on the 30th day of May, 1929, for the marking of weight on heavy packages transported by sea or inland water-ways.

BE it enacted by Parliament as follows:–

2. Definitions.

In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,—

(a) “Heavy package” means a package or other object weighing not less that one metric ton, which is equal to one thousand kilogrammes or 2204.6 standard pounds or 26.8 standard maunds;

(b) “Inland water-way” means any canal, river, lake or other navigable water in India.

3. Obligation to mark weight on heavy packages.

Every person consigning a heavy package for transport by sea or inland water-way from any place in India shall have marked thereon plainly durably and conspicuously the gross weight of the packages:

Provided that in cases or circumstances specified by rules made under this Act where it is difficult to determine the correct weight, only the approximate weight maybe so marked.

4. Penalty.

(1) If any person contravenes the provisions of section 3, he shall be punishable with fine which may extend to five hundred rupees.

(2) If the person contravening the said provisions is a company or other body corporate, every managing director, manager or secretary thereof shall, unless be proves that the contravention took place without his knowledge or that he exercised all due diligence to prevent such contravention, be deemed to be guilty of such contravention.

5. Power to make rules.

The Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, make rules.

(a) Specifying the conditions as to the manner of marking of all heavy packages, the manner of packing and the type of covering to be used;

(b) Specifying the cases or circumstances in which the approximate weight of heavy packages instead of their correct weight may be marked.

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