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The International Maritime Organization (IMO) will enforce the new SOLAS weight regulation from 1st July 2016 onwards. This new container-weighing requirement is aimed at misstatement of container weights which can create deadly hazards aboard ship, in ports and on highways.

The shipper will be responsible for verifying and providing the verified gross mass (VGM) of fully laden containers in advance of the stow planning to the shipping line. The VGM must be part of a booking request or shipping instruction.

Guidelines regarding the verified gross mass of a container carrying cargo :

Please contact your local Elite office for more information on this new global regulation

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