Guidelines of Export SOLAS VGM Implementation July 1, 2016
Carriers and terminals will begin to request verified gross mass (VGM) on July 1, 2016. This means, each shipper must submit weights prior to in gating at ocean terminals. There are two methods to satisfy this requirement.
• method 1, upon the conclusion of packing and sealing a
container, the shipper may weigh, or have arranged that a
third party weigh, the packed container.
• method 2, the shipper or, by arrangement of the shipper, a
third party may weigh all packages and cargo items, including
the mass of pallets, dunnage and other packing and securing
material to be packed in the container, and add the tare mass
of the container to the sum of the single masses of the
• In respect of both method 1 and 2, the weighing equipment
used must meet the applicable accuracy standards and
requirements of the State in which the equipment is being used.
We shall keep you informed of additional information as we approach the implementation date.