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A new SOLAS directive from 07/01/2016 requires a certified gross weight of export containers. The new EDI message VERMAS should be used for this purpose. In relation to a supply chain including the transport of a packed container on an ocean vessel, the Verified Gross Mass message (VERMAS) permits to submit the Verified Gross Mass of the packed container and supporting information as legally required by the SOLAS Convention Chapter VI, Part A, Regulation 2. VERMAS can be used by different parties at different times in the process chain. It is not dedicated to a particular process step in the transport chain. VERMAS shall only be used for transmission of the SOLAS Verified Gross Mass and directly related information.

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