Cargo, Container, and Vehicle Weighing for Shippers, Yards, Ports, and Terminals

There are opportunities for weighing at multiple points along the supply chain for inland and overseas shipping.  Ranging from weighing cargo in the process of packing the shipment, to rapid screening of containers and vehicles at high volume gates, Intercomp has sensors and scales to meet the weighing requirements.

Having Accurate cargo and container weights generates 3 primary benefits:

  • Safety, Compliance, and Efficiency.

For overseas shipments, IMO SOLAS Chapter VI guidelines require Verified Gross Mass (VGM) for container weights, with two different methods to obtain the VGM:

  • Method 1: Weigh the packed container
  • Method 2: Weigh each item loaded into container and add tare weight of empty container


Method 1: Weigh-In-Motion Scales & Sensors
Weigh-In-Motion (WIM) Scales are used to acquire Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) of Tractor and Chassis without stopping the vehicle. Curb weight is subtracted to obtain Verified Gross Mass (VGM) of container.

Weigh-In-Motion Scales and Sensors for Ports & Terminals

Method 1: Under Corner Container Weighing
Verified Gross Mass (VGM) of container can be acquired by placing scales under the corners of the shipping container.

PT300 Portable Wheel Load Scales

Method 1: Suspended Container Weighing
Verified Gross Mass (VGM) of container can be acquired with crane scales or tension links to weigh the shipping container while suspended.

Crane Scales
Tension Link Dynamometers

Method 2: Weigh Individual Packages & Cargo
Weighing the shipping contents and adding their weight to the tare mass of the container Verified Gross Mass (VGM) of container.

Pallet Truck Scales
Portable Scales for Corner Weighing





Simplified SOLAS 
Solutions for Shippers





Intercomp SOLAS Article

More Resources:

WHITE PAPER: Rapidly Meet SOLAS Container Weight Requirements Charleston Tacks Away from Other US Ports in Container Weighing

Weigh-In-Motion at the Gate

Economical SOLAS Solutions for Shippers


SOLAS VGM Supplementary Industry FAQs June 2016

PR: Intercomp Clarity on SOLAS VGM at TOC Europe 2016