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Ocean Freight

New container weighing rule

As of 1 July 2016 a new weighing rule requires every packed export container to have its weight verified before being loaded onto a ship.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted amendments to The Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) in order to enhance maritime safety and reduce dangers throughout ocean freight transports. The new SOLAS requirement is valid from 1 July 2016. The new rules concern every container to have its weight verified before being loaded onto a ship. The new mandatory rules have impact on operational practices globally.

How to prepare
We strongly advise to discuss the VGM with your factories, loading sites or suppliers in order to make sure all internal processes are in order. Please make sure that your systems reflect correct and verified weights. If you have any questions, please contact your operational contactperson.

Last modified: 02.08.2016

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