Container Weight FAQ
Q: As a shipper I wish to use Method 2 to obtain the VGM. However, my government has not promulgated any requirements on how to become designated a Method 2 shipper. Does the absence of such requirements mean that I may not use Method 2?
A: Although the SOLAS VGM amendments grant authority for States to impose additional requirements for shippers in relation to Method 2, the amendments at the same time set forth the basic requirements such that a State may choose not to promulgate any additional national legislation. The exercise of discretion not to impose additional requirements is as valid as an exercise of discretion to impose additional requirements. If a State chooses not to impose additional requirements, Method 2 remains an acceptable alternative for that State and, further, shippers within its jurisdiction may be regarded, and act, as Method 2 shippers, so long as they meet the basic requirements of the SOLAS VGM amendments of using calibrated and certified weighing equipment in conformance with applicable national standards and requirements, and adopt a documented procedure to calculate the total gross mass as set forth in the SOLAS VGM amendments.