New Container Weight Regulations

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


How New Container Weight Regulations will Effect Importers & Exporters

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted amendments under the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention that now requires the weight of each and every container shipped to provide a Verified Gross Mass (VGM) to the steamship line for vessel loading. In recent years, incorrect declaration of cargo weight has resulted in the occurrence (and increase) of accidents at ports and on board vessels. This of course has a direct impact on the safety of those involved in the movement of containerized cargo from personnel who work dockside at ports to the steamship lines themselves, as well as truckers and rail cars that transport these containers. The IMO has therefore been forced into introducing this ruling to prevent such accidents from happening in the future.

What does this mean for you?
This new regulation goes into effect on July 1st, 2016 and applies to sea cargo moving as  Less-Than Container Load (LCL) mode and Full Container Load (FCL) mode.  At this time, every shipper in the entire world must abide by these new regulations. The JOC has put together a handy one page document that explains how these regulations will be implemented (Click here to view)

As an Importer:
You are going to want to ensure that you have communicated with your shipper to ensure that they are aware of these new regulations.

As an Exporter/Shipper:
This information will need to be provided to the steamship line and we will be able to do so on your behalf.  However, you will still be required to provide this information to us. The link above explains the two methods in which this can be done.

What happens if this information is not provided to the steamship line on time?
If this steamship line does not receive this information on time, the container is subject to be rolled to the next vessel. The charges associated with this will be to the account of the cargo (this means you), so you are going to want to make sure that this information is submitted in a timely manner as charges can quickly add up.

Trans-Border is closely monitoring the industry’s reaction and implementation to these new regulations and will continue to keep you posted should new information become available.

If you have any questions, please contact Allison Burak ( or by calling 800-493-9444.