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The international Maritime Organization(IMO) has amended the SOLAS(Safety of Liife at Sea) convention under regulation 2 of chapter VI which mandates the declaration of the Verified Gross Mass(VGM) of a packed container before loading on board vessels within a prescribed cut-off date / time to the shipping line and / or port terminal authorities.


Effective 1st July, 2016, the regulation stipulates the use of two approved methods to declare the VGM for each container by the shipper or his representative.


SOLAS regulation for weighing containers allows two ways for weighing packed containers in order to obtain the Verified Gross Mass(VGM) for each container by the shipper or his representative.


As per the regulation, either of the two approved methods must be used to declare the verified gross mass :


Method 1 Method 2


Real weight of the container including tare when cargo is packed



method 2


Addition of the whole cargo including packing and the tare weight of the container


method 1 VGM




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