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Container weighing: your questions answered

[ December 9, 2015   //   ]

The World Shipping Council (WSC), the TT Club, the International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHCA), and the Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF) have published some frequently asked questions on the new container weighing regulations that come into effect on 1 July 2016. The amendments to the SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) Convention require packed shipping containers to have a verified gross mass (VGM) before they can be loaded on a ship for export.
The initial FAQs document seeks to clarify how the SOLAS container weight verification requirements will function in various situations and identifies commercial and operational arrangements that will have to be addressed. It also flags issues that must be dealt with by national governments.

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