SOLAS VGM (Verified Gross Mass) regulation was introduced by the IMO (International Maritime Association) in response to the number of containers presented for international shipping, for which the weight was misdeclared. As a result of the regulation, all shippers are required to provide the container’s gross verified weight to the ocean carrier and port terminal representative prior to it being loaded onto a ship.
Verification of container weights can be undertaken in 2 ways; For full container loads (FCL’s) the shipper, or selected third party may weigh the packed container. The devices used to verify the gross mass of the container must meet the applicable accuracy standards and requirements of the country in which the equipment is being used. For less than container loads (LCL’s) the shipper, or selected third party may weigh all packages and cargo items, inclusive of any pallets or other packaging and securing material to be used in the container. In addition the tare mass of the container is to be added to the sum of the cargo masses weight.
In most instances, through liaising with the Port of origin, we can arrange for your container VGM on your behalf.
Obtaining a VGM via the port is the simplest solution. It also holds many benefits in that the equipment is calibrated and monitored by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) on site and the VGM taken at the Port terminals is automatically transmitted to carrier. As there is little chance of the VGM getting mislaid or miscommunicated between the two parties delays in shipments or fines for incorrect declarations are minimalized.
Obtaining a VGM at Ports are subject to nominal local charges. For more details or to arrange your VGM please contact us.