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19 / June / 2016

SOLAS Operating Procedures Announcement

On the 1st July 2016, the amendment to SOLAS comes into force which requires the shipper to provide a Verified Gross Mass (VGM) if a loaded container prior to loading onto a vessel. This is part of the International Maritime Organisation's (IMO) broader global effort to combat the misdeclaration of exports, and UK exporters will need to ensure they are fully prepared for these new container weight verification rules.


Effective July 1st 2016, shippers will be wholly responsible for their containers weight and will need to provide the verified load weight to ocean carrier before loading. There are differing procedures / requirements whether FCL or LCL, therefore please don't hesitate to let us know should you require any further information. Simply email

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