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Container Weight FAQ

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Q: Does SOLAS care if the VGM is reported incorrectly, but still within limits for the container or carrying by road or rail?

A: The revision to SOLAS is a safety requirement designed to give the maritime carrier and the terminal operator the accurate weight of the packed container. Risk is increased where the declaration of mass is inaccurate, whether under or over. Thus, the purpose is more comprehensive than simply making sure that the container is not packed beyond its maximum weight capacity or the road or rail weight limits. An inaccurate VGM, or one not derived properly using Method 1 or Method 2 would violate the regulation and may be subject to penalty under national legislation.


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