Beginning July 1, 2016, container weight verification requirements will be enforced as outlined by the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), an international maritime safety treaty.
Following the effective date, it would be a violation of SOLAS, applicable global law, to load a packed container onto a vessel if the vessel operator and marine terminal operator do not have a verified container weight declared by the shipper.
What does it mean to provide a Verified Gross Weight (VGW)?
The VGW is the certified Gross Cargo weight (including weight of all packing material) plus Container Tare weight.
When is VGW required?
VGW is required prior to shipment. Cargo will not be loaded onto a vessel unless a certified VGW is provided.
Who is responsible to provide the VGW?
Per the International Maritime Organization (IMO) the shipper, as defined by the documentation, regardless of who physically performed the work, will be held responsible for the verification of the packed container’s weight and any penalties applied for failure to comply.