legal weight

the weight of merchandise itself plus that of its immediate wrapping material but not of the outside shipping container: used especially in some Latin American countries for the purpose of assessing import duties. Unabridged
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Legal weight in pounds for any group of two or more consecutive axles.
Extra legal weight is granted on a case by case basis based on historical
  practices and evaluation of new equipment.
It has the same legal weight as a transaction signed in ink.
When calculating legal weight limits, the distance between axles shall be
  measured to the nearest foot.
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