The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has adopted mandatory amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Seal (SOLAS) Chapter VI, Pat A Regulation 2. The SOLAS Convention is applicable global law. These amendments become effective on 1 July 2016 for packed export containers received for loading on to a vessel.
Shippers must make a formal declaration confirming the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) of the loaded container to the carrier. The VGM can be made via a paper declaration confirming the actual weight or electronically.