Following concerns raised by the shipping industry regarding the mis-declaration of the declared gross mass of packed containers, SOLAS Chapter VI Regulation 2 has been amended. 2. The amendment to SOLAS VI Regulation 2 which comes into force 1st July 2016 expands on how the gross mass of cargo (contents) carried in units including tare weight of the container, must be verified. Please see the attached guidance notes. Further updates will follow as the procedures for VGM declaration at each port becomes clearer.