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Verified Gross Mass

What is Verified Gross Mass (VGM)?

Effective from 1st July 2016, with the SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) amendment covering container weighing regulations, a packed container will no longer be allowed to be loaded on board vessels unless its VGM has been provided by the shipper to the ocean carriers and/or port terminal representatives prior to the load list cut-off date. For the UK the deadline is 24hrs prior to vessel arrival.

The new regulation was adopted by the IMO (International Maritime Organization) to increase maritime safety and reduce the dangers to cargo, containers, and all those involved in container transport throughout the supply chain.

The Verified Gross Mass (VGM) is the contents of the container added to the tare weight of the container carrying the cargo, to give a total weight. SOLAS requires the shipper to provide VGM in a “shipping document,” either as part of the shipping instruction or in a separate communication, before vessel loading.

The shipper is obliged to verify the gross mass of the containers carrying their cargo by either of two permissible weighing methods before these containers can be loaded on a vessel.

Method 1 Requires weighing the container after it has been packed.

Method 2 Requires weighing the contents of the container and adding that weight to the container’s tare weight as indicated on the door end of the container.

Method 2 will not be practical for shippers of bulk commodities like scrap, grain, etc., and it will be up to local authorities to grant permission to use this method.

How can Verified Gross Mass information be submitted?

Shippers or their agents can submit VGM information online using when submitting shipping instructions or using the VGM functionality under the Documentation Tab. VGM information can also be submitted on shipping instructions, preferably via an E Channel. This is free of charge.

If no VGM information is received by the VGM deadline we are not allowed to ship your container.

If you have any questions regarding VGM please do not hesitate to contact our Export team.


Local surcharges

Code Name and description Charge
ASE Additional Export Service Fee - Examination Charge 165 EUR per container
ASI Additional Import Service Fee - Examination Charge 150 EUR per container
CCE Container Cleaning Export 110 EUR per container
CCI Container Cleaning Imports 110 EUR per container
COD Change of Destination Service 300 USD per container
DCG Destination Certificate Charge 45 EUR per document
DGS Genset Service Destination Transport Mode Truck: 100 EUR per container
Transport Mode Barge: 175 EUR per container
Transport Mode Rail: 275 EUR per container
LGE LGE Late Gate Service Export 50 EUR per booking
OCG Origin Certificate Charge 45 EUR per document
OGS Genset Service Origin Transport Mode Truck: 95 EUR per container
Transport Mode Barge: 175 EUR per container
Transport Mode Rail: 275 EUR per container
PAO Payer Amendment Fee Origin
Applied case EXPORT invoicereissuanceis required due to change of payment terms or origin payer
40 EUR per bill of lading or request
PAD Payer Amendment Destination Fee
Last minute Payer Amendment Request on/or after the arrival date of the last vessel at destination
40 EUR per bill of lading or request
PQC Premium Quality Container
Upon customer's request, carrier's service of providing a container of a specific quality. E.g. food grade containers, containers of a specific age, containers for specific commodities (such as electronics).
120 EUR per container
T1D T1 Documentation Fee 50 EUR per container
TLE Electronic Cargo Release Service - Export 35 EUR per B/L
TLI Electronic Cargo Release Service - Import 35 EUR per B/L
TRE Triaxle Chassis Export 50 EUR per container
TRI Triaxle Chassis Import 50 EUR per container
WTD Waiting time Destination 35 EUR per container, per half hour
WTO Waiting time Origin 35 EUR per container, per half hour

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