Verified Gross Mass (VGM)
Verified Gross Mass (VGM) requirements under the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention
To improve safety in the supply chain, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has made amendments to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) convention indicating that all shippers must comply with mandatory container weight verification requirements, or Verified Gross Mass (VGM), effective July 1, 2016.
"No VGM, No loading” A container without a VGM is not allowed to load onto the vessel. The shipper is responsible for the potential regulatory penalties and all costs associated to the exception handling of the containers without the VGM.