Mandatory Container Weighing Regime

By: admin NSC News

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.