Container Weight Verification

Container Weight Verification

New container weighing regulations entered into force globally on 1 July 2016. The amendments to the SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) Convention require packed shipping containers to have a verified gross mass (VGM) before they can be loaded on a ship for export. For a short introductory guide please see this GSF Guidance Document 

International FAQs

For general advice on container weight verification please see these two FAQ documents produced by GSF with the World Shipping Council (WSC), the TT Club and the International Cargo Handling Co-ordination Association (ICHCA) and the Global Shippers' Forum

Who is the shipper?

Identifying the actual shipper responsible for verifying the gross can be confusing as this can vary according to the terms of the sales contract and the functions performed by the various parties in the maritime supply chain including, for example, the exporter, importer, Freight forwarder and NVOCC operator. This briefing note seeks to clarify which party as the shipper has responsibility for verification of the gross mass to the shipowner or his representative including the terminal operator.

National Guidance Documents

GSF is collating guidance documents for the SOLAS Container Weight Verification requirements which enter into force on 1 July 2016. The following are the latest documents / links available. This page will be updated when further guidance is published.

Working with containers

A shippers’ guide to the requirements of the IMO / ILO / UNECE Packing of Cargo Transport Units Code of Practice (the CTU Code).   This GSF guide simplifies the lengthy Code of Practice for the benefit of shippers and in 24 pages highlights the sections of key importance companies must understand.  Hyperlinks throughout the guide take readers to the relevant sections in the actual CTU Code and the accompanying Informative Material.

An introductory guide to inform shippers with little experience of using containers in their supply chains. The text includes case studies of incidents, advice on minimising risk and the importance of securing cargo items properly.

Industry guidance for shippers and container stuffers produced by the International Chamber of Shipping with support from GSF.