SOLAS Container Weight Verification - What is it?
VGM consists of the sum of cargo weight, including packaging, dunnage materials used, and the tare weight of a container. The scale used for weighing has to be calibrated and certified in accordance with national requirements.
VGM can be obtained by two methods of calculation:
- Weigh the fully packed/laden container
- Weigh and sum all the packages, packaging, dunnage material and add the tare weight of the container.
The main purpose of the ruling is prevention of incidents and accidents which result from overweight containers being wrongly declared.
In short the VGM requirement will allow terminal and vessel operators to prepare proper stowage plans prior to loading cargo on vessels.
What are the requirements?
The requirement is that the shipper, as listed on the bill of lading, is responsible for providing the VGM to the carrier prior to vessel loading. The shipper is required to verify, via signature (of authorized individual), the VGM on its shipping documentation.
Carriers are required not to load the containers without (VGM). Containers mean standard containers, flat racks, tank containers, and bulk containers.
Who do I contact for more information?
Detailed information including the regulations, requirements, FAQ’s, can be found on the World Shipping Counsel Website.
DACHSER will continue to update you on the upcoming implementation. Please contact your local DACHSER customer representative at any time to obtain more information.