Information Bulletin Solas


Background on the new IMO requirements scheduled to become effective July 1, 2016

Dear client,
Effective 01 July 2016, a new International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulation will require shippers to provide the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) for each ocean container prior to it being loaded on board a vessel. This is a worldwide initiative and each country‚Äôs government will take on the task of enforcement within their own country.

Why is this happening?

Studies have shown that a high percentage of container weights provided by shippers have proven to be inaccurate, in many cases by thousands of pounds/kilograms. The incorrect declaration of container weight has led to many accidents in the past and continues to be a high risk. A packed container will no longer be allowed to be loaded on board a vessel until its VGM has been provided to the ocean carrier and/or port terminal agent by the shipper.

What is VGM?

VGM is the weight of the cargo including dunnage, bracing and the tare weight of the container into which the cargo is loaded.

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