Industry Insider: New Weight Regulations

 In Industry Insider, Trans-Border Global Freight Systems, Inc.


Don’t Wait on New Weight Regulations!

Verified Gross Mass (VGM) certification will go
into effect worldwide on

July 1, 2016

The amendment to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) with respect to the new requirement for VGM certification was passed in 2014. Governments worldwide (as signatories to SOLAS, and member states of the International Maritime Organization or IMO) appear to have had a long time to consider this important change in shipping practices. Based on these facts, there will be no delay in implementation.

image-2 There are two approved methods in which you can weigh your goods. For more information on those two methods, please click here. Once you have the confirmed VGM’s, Trans-Border will in turn provide this information to the steamship lines.

As the date gets closer, the steamship lines are slowly releasing information to the industry in regards to how they will handle these new requirements. A couple important things to note:

  1. Most lines will accept (and prefer) to receive the VGM electronically
  2. There will be a NO VGM / NO LOAD policy strictly enforced.  

OCEMA, a group of U.S. shipping interests has prepared excellent information on the certification process and the roles and responsibilities of the various shipping parties. They recently published a Best Practices model that should be indicative of what we will see in countries aside from the USA. Clients are invited to read about OCEMA’s model here.

If you have any questions, please contact Allison Burak at