The SOLAS Container Weight Verification Requirement Verified Gross Mass(VGM)



18 November, 2015

Further to our advisory dated 3 August, 2015, we would like to inform our customers about the steps UASC has taken prior to implementation of the container weight verification requirement starting 1 July, 2016.


What are we doing to prepare for this regulation?


 The main change required to support the initiative is primarily IT related. Subsequently, we have held several internal discussions and meetings between operational, technical, commercial and IT relevant departments to comply with needed EDI changes as per SMDG recommendation. SMDG is a non-profit foundation which develops and promotes UN/EDIFACT EDI-messages for the Maritime Industry.



 We are working on an internal solution to our booking module in our main database including a general linking of our systems to help support the new requirements when they are implemented from 1 July, 2016.


 We are in regular discussions with other major shipping lines to help make this change as smooth and efficient as possible for you. Important points to remember:



 If the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) is not provided, the container will not be loaded onto the ship.  The responsibility for obtaining and documenting the Verified Gross Mass of a packed container lies with the shipper.
Please find below the VGM standard process and frequently asked Q&A’s
We will continue to keep you informed about these requirements. Please contact your local sales or customer service representative if you require further information or have any queries.


Yours sincerely,
United Arab Shipping Company (S.A.G.)