Container weight verification

New container weighing regulations came into force across the globe on 1 July 2016. The amendments to the SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) Convention require packed shipping containers to have a verified gross mass (VGM) before they can be loaded on a ship for export. The amendments were adopted by the IMO (International Maritime Organization) to enhance maritime safety and reduce the dangers to containerships, their crews, and all those involved throughout the supply chain.

It is important for shippers to check whether they are affected by the new rules. The FTA Guidance Document below will help you to assess the impact on your company. Shippers are advised to contact their carrier and/or freight forwarder to discuss these issues in further detail.

The other links below provide further guidance from the Marine and Coastguard Agency and IMO; a more general FAQ document produced by the World Shipping Council (WSC), the TT Club, the International Cargo Handling Co-ordination Association (ICHCA) and the Global Shippers' Forum; and, a guide to Who is the shipper?.

FTA Guidance Document
Latest guidance from the Marine and Coastguard Agency
IMO guidance on SOLAS container weighing requirements
Verified Gross Mass Industry FAQs: Implementation of the SOLAS amendments effective from 1 July 2016
Who is the shipper?

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