With new regulations surrounding container weight verification coming in this year, we have condensed some of the key points for you to take away.

The new regulations will take effect from the 1st July 2016

To help ensure overall safety at sea, the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) convention has been amended by the International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Shippers must verify the gross mass per container sufficiently in advance of vessel loading and are responsible for subsequently communicating the verified weight in a shipping document. In either case, the document should clearly note the wording “verified gross mass” and be signed by authorised personnel (although this can be an electronic)

There are two primary methods which may be used to verify the gross mass which are as below:

Method 1: Weigh the entire container once packed and sealed
Method 2: Weigh the entirety of the container’s contents and add on the container’s tare weight

It is worth noting that the weighing can be arranged/undertaken by a third party if preferred but that this would likely incur additional costs


For a copy of the full guidelines released by the IMO, please click here: IMO – Verified Gross Mass (container weight verification) Guidelines



The information in this website is for general guidance on your rights and responsibilities and is not legal advice.