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SOLAS VGM – South Africa Version

As you may be aware, in November 2014 the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) amended SOLAS (Safety of Life At Sea convention) Chapter VI Regulation 2 to tighten up the process of weighing containerised cargoes and declaring the correct weights after verification..

Since then there have been several documents and notices in circulation relating to the new container weight verification regulation which is expected to come into effect from July 2016..

But a lot of people don’t really understand how it will all work and how important the SOLAS Convention is and what this regulation means to the day to day shipping industry..

So, in January 2016, I did an infographic explaining how the new SOLAS VGM regulation would work..

Since I am based in South Africa, I thought an infographic incorporating information on how the SOLAS VGM regulation would work in the South African context would be in order..

Trust this will be helpful..

Please feel free to download and circulate below infographic or share this post to your peers using social media..


SOLAS VGM How it is done in South Africa

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Hariesh Manaadiar
Hariesh Manaadiar
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  1. Dear Mr Hariesh
    as usual your explanation is simple easy way, many thanks sir
    i have assume in my mind

    why shipper suppose to verify his cargo weight ?

    if the shipper misdeclared the real wight or provide a wrong weight to shipping line so it is suppose to provide a wrong verified gross weight

    how can we GUARANTEE the verified gross weight is right ? is there a guarantee organization or place where the shipper WEIGHT his cargo
    wiht international standard in it

    why not the shipping line bear this responsibility and then load any cost to shipper ACCORDING to this service or the terminal port bear this role ?

    as i know the shipper weight his cargo after packing and do that task as usual so what is the new when the shipper to verify his cargo weight ? or provide the weight certificate to line before loading

    i suggest that the shipper weight his cargo at GUARANTEE place having international STANDARD or like iso or imo CERTIFICATE to trust in this verify weight


  2. Thank you very much, the graphic is so cute and the explanation is clearly enough. Already loving your blog after this

  3. Hi Hariesh,
    Your explanation of the SAMSA/SOLAS regulation VI is very simple to read and is a big help, as many are still confused.
    We are one of the certified third party companies appointed by SAMSA, and to help out the guys below about contacting us or finding out who the appointees are just google the SAMSA website and the list of companies is there, or get hold of the the Marine Notice 21 which has the list and contact details, regards Chris .
    Not using the business mail address !!

  4. Hi! Hariesh,

    Thank you for your excellent article. Would appreciate some clarification on method 2. I have a client that is a manufacturer. The plant bagging process is automated and the commodity is bagged into 25 kgs bags. We pack 800 x 25 kgs bags into each 20′ container for exports therefore please advise if it is necessary to appoint a SAMSA 3rd party service provider to issue a weighing certificate for each container considering that we will pack between 5 to 10 containers per week. Is is possible for SAMSA to approve the plant automated weighing machine to avoid issuance of a certificate for each shipment?

    Look forward to receiving your reply. Thank you in advance for your assistance.

    • Hello Colin, in your case, the best option would be to speak to one of the service providers accredited by SAMSA for this.. Remember they are NOT issuing a weighing certificate and they are also NOT certifying the actual weight.. They are only CERTIFYING YOUR PROCESS and since your process is automated, I personally don’t see the one time approval being an issue, but that is just my opinion.. Would be best to check with the service providers directly..

      Let me know how that progresses for sake academic interest.. Thanks..

  5. Hi Harish,
    Can you explain in detail about ATA CARNET.
    Is it mandatory to bring back the goods in the origin country after several re exports. What is the validity of this document? Can we extent the date?

  6. Hi Hariesh,

    The VGM declared in the form given by you as example, must it match with the weight declared in the rest of documents as packing list, B/L, commercial invoice, DG declaration, etc? The logic says yes, but you know that most of the cases some of the mentioned documents are done before the product is ready, based on estimations, therefore we will always have a variance between VGM and the Gross weight (including the dunnage and the tare).

    Thanks in advance


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