VGM (Verified Gross Mass)
Starting 1st July 2016, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will enforce globally the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention requirements regarding the verification of the gross weight of packed containers.
This is a Global IMO SOLAS mandatory regulatory requirement which is used for vessel planning and safe stowage.
All shippers, freight forwarders, vessel operators, and terminal operators will need to establish policies and procedures to ensure the implementation of this regulatory change.
The packed containers are required to have a verified gross weight declared by shippers, otherwise the container will not be loaded on board at seagoing vessels.
More information to follow.