Container Weight FAQ
Q: Is there an agreed format to communicate verified gross mass?
A: As an International issue, SOLAS does not mandate any particular form of communication between the parties exchanging the verified gross mass information.
Subject to any additional national requirements, the information to be provided by the shipper is the same under Method 1 and Method 2, being the verified gross mass of the packed container, conspicuously identified as such, signed and dated by the shipper or a person duly authorised by the shipper.
The information and signature may be transmitted electronically, and the signature may consist of the last name of the responsible person in capital letters.
Several existing EDI messages have been amended by SMDG (Ship-planning Message Design Group) and a new EDI message ‘VERMAS’ specifically in relation to verified gross mass has been developed. Further information is available from SMDG (http://www.smdg.org).
As a Commercial issue, the form of exchange and precise substance should be agreed between the commercial parties.