As of 07/01/2016, a SOLAS mandate necessitates the certification of the gross weight of export containers. The recently introduced EDI message, VERMAS, should be utilized for this purpose. Concerning the transport of a packed container via ocean vessel in a supply chain, the Verified Gross Mass message (VERMAS) enables the submission of the Verified Gross Mass of the packed container and supporting documentation as legally required by the SOLAS Convention Chapter VI, Part A, Regulation 2. VERMAS can be utilized by different parties at different stages in the process chain and is not restricted to a particular transport chain step. The use of VERMAS is only allowed for the transmission of the SOLAS Verified Gross Mass and directly associated information.


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