SOLAS Weight Control for Ocean Freight

SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) require shippers to submit the VGM of containers on 1. July 2016

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Shipments are often submitted to ocean carriers with inaccurate weights.

SOLAS now requires accurate weighing of containers before they are loaded onto departing vessels. There will be 2 methods to determine the weight:  


  • Total weight of loaded truck with container, minus the weight of the truck, chassis and fuel.
  • Individual weighing of all goods, dunnage and packing materials, which is then added to the tare weight of the container.


The new requirements go into effect on July 1, 2016.


For more information about the SOLAS Convention, click on the link below:






For further information, please contact:


Stephen Parkinson

LEMAN Division Manager,






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