Changes to the SOLAS Regulations are coming, from the 1st of July, you will need to provide the VGM (Verified Gross Mass) of all containers submitted for international shipping
HOW WE CAN HELP
MOBILE WEIGHBRIDGE SERVICES
WITH THE MCA
The SOLAS regulations allow you to appoint a registered agent to provide this service. LCR has developed an approved method to establish the weight of the loaded container without the use of cranes or having to weigh each item before it’s loaded.
LCR will come to your site, weigh the truck with the empty container, and then reweigh the truck and container after it has been loaded. Transmitting the result to the receiving port, and providing an electronic and paper copy for your records.
WHAT ARE YOU REQUIRED TO DO?
Provide a document signed by the shipper to the shipping line and terminal declaring that the shipper verified the weight and that it was weighed properly.
The SOLAS amendment will be enforced by the coast guard or other agency responsible for SOLAS regulations in a given country and punishments for violations will vary by country.
WHAT HAPPENS IN THE CASE OF NON-COMPLIANCE?
There are all kind of possibilities for what could happen to the box that failed to provide the certified weight document but none are settled.
Terminals may choose to hold a container or send it back, but whatever happens, the ship will leave and the container will not.
AS A SHIPPER, WHAT ARE YOUR OPTIONS?
Take a loaded container over a weighbridge, subtract the weight of the truck, chassis and fuel to get the weight of the packed container.
Scales must be certified and calibrated in line with the national standards of the country where the weighing occurred.
Weigh each item – including its packaging, palleting, dunnage and other packaging and securing materials – going into the box.
Add that sum to the weight of the container to find the weight of the packed container.
Scales must be certified and calibrated in line with the national standards of the country where the weighing occurred and is subject to national certification and approval.