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VGM - SOLAS: IMO Requirement on Verified Container Weight before Loading
2016/07/20
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has amended the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS), requiring shippers to provide verified gross weight (VGM) of a packed container to ocean carrier and port terminal representative prior to it being loaded onto a ship. A verified container weight is a condition for loading a packed container aboard a vessel for export. This requirement will become legally effective on July 1, 2016, after which it would be a violation of SOLAS to load a packed container onto a vessel if the vessel operator and marine terminal operator do not have a verified container weight.


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