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New demand for Verified Gross Mass (VGM) for containers
As from 1 July 2016 new requirements will be applicable for shippers to verify the gross mass of a container carrying cargo.
Shipping lines will demand VGM weight before containers can be shipped.
The rules prescribe two methods by which the shipper may obtain the verified gross mass of a packed container:
1. shipper or a third party will weight the container
2. shipper or a third party will weight all packages and cargo items and add the tare mass of the container.