SOLAS Verified Gross Mass ~ Effective July 01, 2016

Are you Ready for VGM Implementation? By now most if not all international shippers should have some familiarity with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) ruling concerning the verified gross mass (VGM) amendment going into effect July 1, 2016. Since January 2015, in an effort to make shippers aware of this very important amendment J.W. Allen & Company has periodically sent out newsletters with status updates. For those not yet familiar with the VGM amendment at it's core it instructs the shipper of each international shipment they must affirm and declare in writing the gross…

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The Countdown to SOLAS Implementation is Underway

While some things regarding the IMO's Verified Gross Mass (VGM) requirement have become clearer many things remain vague with less than 100 days to go to the July 01, 2016 implementation date. Let's take a moment to review what we do know. 1. What is Verified Gross Mass (VGM)? VGM means the weight of each packed container must be confirmed. This VGM must consider the masses of all packages, packing materials, the container tare weight and all additional loading materials. Please refer to Chapter 2.1 of the SOLAS guideline. The VGM is independent of the weight declared in the booking…

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