The Global organizations SOLAS and IMO have decided to change the legislation concerning the gross weight of containerized cargo, as from July 1st 2016.
As from that date, the SOLAS convention imposes the submission of a VGM by the shipper to the carrier.
This new global regulation will mainly be implemented to minimize risks to persons involved, vessels, terminals and containers.
Direct impact will be that all containers will have to be weighed before these are delivered to the terminal for shipment.
Alternatively the VGM may also be calculated as per the certified method provided by the Dutch Authorities.
As a result, you as shipper are obligated to send us the Verified Gross Mass weight, before closing time of the VGM for the subject vessel.
Important: Should the Verified Gross Mass weight not be provided in time, the relevant containers will then not be loaded on the vessel.
Furthermore, the shipper will be liable for any cost that may arise (but not limited to weighing costs, shut out cost, storage cost levied by the local authorities/terminals,
demurrage and other administrative costs).
Please see our requirements below in order to be able to process your VGM weight correctly and timely:
Which information do we require in your VGM message:
- Container number
- Delivery reference
- VGM weight
- Shipper name
- Name of authorised person
Container tare weight can be obtained from the CSC plate on the container or on the individual carrier websites
When do we require the above information:
At the closing time of the VGM, which will be mentioned on the booking confirmation.
If you have any additional questions, please contact your our Freight Forwarding department or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are happy to guide and assist!