Effective July 1, 2016, an amendment to SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) now requires shippers to verify the weight of their shipments in order to load their cargo on board vessels for export.

There are two acceptable methods for determining the verified gross mass (VGM) which is equal to the weight of the cargo (including packing) and the container tare weight.

1) Weigh the entire container after loading at a certified weight station and deduct the weight of the truck tractor and chassis.

2) Weigh all of the cargo (including packing) and add the tare weight of the container.

Your forwarder will provide the VGM to the carrier. If the shipment is less than a full container the consolidator will report the VGM to the carrier.

Failure to provide the required information will result in the container not being loaded on the vessel or denied access to the terminal.

Please call our office if you have any questions.