Bookmark :
  • The Solution to safe Cargo Travel

    Free Quote
  • 21 Years of Specialised and Professional Service

    Free Quote
  • The Go-To company for export packing solutions

    in Africa

    Free Quote

20 Years' Dedicated Service

Cargo Handling Specialists (Pty) Ltd, previously known as Cape Crating (SA) (Pty) Ltd, offers on-site gross mass verification, done with a mobile weighing system. We will supply the shipper with the following needed to confirm the shipment:

    • Gross mass container weight (once packed)
    • Load distribution
    • GPS location
    • Container number
    • Seal number
    • Your name and reference

All produced on one document and emailed to you directly from the system for easy submission to the shipping line.

Container Gross Mass Verification (SOLAS)

The new SOLAS Regulation states all export containers must have a Gross Mass certificate supplied by the shipper (Name on bill of loading).

There are 3 possibilities:

1. Exemption

  • Weight is marked on each package
  • E.g. TV’s 36 x 800
  • Shipper can declare Gross Mass

2. Method 1

  • Shipper arrange container to be weighed
  • Certification is provided and records are stored for 5 years

3. Method 2

  • Shipper gets SAMSA (South African Maritime Safety Authority) accreditation number to weigh each item going into container
  • adds this to the Tare weight on the plates on container
  • and declares the total as Gross Mass
In order to arrange for your container's VGM to happen, please download and complete the below form and email it to the relevant site where the VGM should occur: (mobile units) (Johannesburg) (Cape Town / Belcon)

Enquire about this service Book this service