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Verified Gross Mass Industry FAQs - ICHCA


1-Stop would like to acknowledge the kind permission of ICHCA Australia to circulate this document to our stakeholders interested in this topic. 

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These FAQs relate to new mandatory rules, effective from 1 July 2016, concerning the requirement for shippers to verify the gross mass of a container carrying cargo. Without a verified gross mass the packed container shall not be loaded aboard ship. The rules prescribe two methods by which the shipper may obtain the verified gross mass of a packed container:


  1. Method 1, upon the conclusion of packing and sealing a container, the shipper may weigh, or have arranged that a third party weigh, the packed container.
  2. Method 2, the shipper or, by arrangement of the shipper, a third party may weigh all packages and cargo items, including the mass of pallets, dunnage and other packing and securing material to be packed in the container, and add the tare mass of the container to the sum of the single masses of the container’s contents.


These SOLAS amendments were adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in November 2014 and become mandatory on 1 July 2016.


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SOLAS VGM - Industry FAQs_Dec 2015_A4 WEB.pdf    

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Last Modified: Friday, 18 December, 2015 12:16 PM

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