The International Maritime Organization (IMO), in collaboration with industry representatives, amended the SOLAS with regard to the gross weight of containers loaded on ships for export. Thus, as of 1 July 2016, the Convention requires that each container has its verified weight (VGM = Verified Gross Mass), this being a condition of container loading on the ship. The immediate consequences for the sender are that he becomes responsible for checking the total weight of the loaded container and will not accept an estimated weight. Determination of the weight of a container may be made in two ways permitted by the Convention: either weighing the entire container or weighing the cargo and other contents, then adding to the container’s own mass. The consignor shall also ensure that the gross mass checked is indicated in the shipping documents. If there is a discrepancy between the declared weight and the verified weight or if the consignment note does not show that the gross mass of the container has been checked, it will not be boarded and the subsequent charges will be charged to the consignor / exporter. Sea Container Services supports its customers with weighing solutions, helping shippers and / or their representatives to manage and comply with the rules and conventions in force. The new weighing service offered by our company will be available from July 1, 2016. For more information on the new service offered, you can contact a representative of Sea Container Services by visiting our Contact page. For more information on the new regulations, visit the World Shipping Council website.