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Effective from July 1st 2016, all shippers, as a requirement under international shipping regulations, are responsible for verifying the weight of containers (the verified gross mass or VGM) and providing this information to carriers sufficiently in advance of vessel loading.
This requirement falls under the newly amended Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention, Chapter VI, part A, regulation 2, recently adopted by The International Maritime Organization (IMO). This regulation has been in proposal, discussion and report phase for the past 5 years.
Estimates will not be allowed and shippers can use two methods to obtain the actual weights:
Electronic methods of transmission such as Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) or Electronic Data Processing (EDP) may be used to send the VGM data.
A packed container, for which the verified gross mass has not been obtained, will not be loaded onto the vessel, as it is an offence against existing SOLAS regulations.
This new regulation is expected to significantly increase safety and efficiency for all parties in the supply chain:
If you have any questions or enquiries about how to verify the weight of your shipping container, feel free to call the Clarke Global team on 9854 3000 or email email@example.com
Further information on the legislation can be found at:
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