Verified Gross Mass (VGM)

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VGM customer advisory

CA - SOLAS

CA - SOLAS

VGM customer advisory CA055-2016

VGM customer advisory CA058-2016

VGM customer advisory CA060-2016


VGM Q&A


QUESTION ANSWER
1 By what means has the VGM to be submitted - EDI, Email, Internet, external platform (e.g. INTTRA) etc.?

The VGM is to be provided to the carrier preferably by electronic means such as EDI or EDP or through an e-commerce platform like INTTRA, and to the terminal representative sufficiently in advance of ship loading to be used in the preparation and mplementation of the ship stowage plan.

2

How will the submission be imbedded into the already existing workflow?

The VGM can be part of the shipping instructions sent to the shipping company or as a separate communication.

3

What is the deadline to provide the VGM?

The VGM is required in order to prepare the stowage plan of the ship prior to loading. Deadlines will differ according to a number of factors, so shippers should obtain information on documentary cut-off times from the carrier in advance of shipment.

4

What if the vendor (ultimate shipper) is not able to determine the VGM by using "Method 2" but the Forwarder instructs UASC to perform the pre-carriage in carrier's haulage?

Under the SOLAS requirements, the shipper named on the ocean bill of lading is the party responsible for providing the carrier and the terminal operator with the verified gross mass of a packed container. So any mode of transportation will not shift the onus for provision of a VGM certificate from said legal entity.

5

Does UASC intend to offer a weighing service as "value added service"?

As it stands UASC does not intend to provide this service.

UASC Online features and functionalities CA059-2016

The SOLAS Container WV Requirement

THE VGM OF A CONTAINER CARRYING CARGO

CARRIAGE OF CARGOES AND OIL FUELS

VGM Letter


As per the SOLAS regulation, effective 1 July, 2016, it is the shipper’s responsibility to provide the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) to UASC or port terminal facility representative upon the delivery of the container to the port facility and prior to loading.

UASC has defined VGM cut off times (i.e. the latest deadline to submit VGM) per region and ports based on local legislation and terminal/commercial requirements in order to ensure that none of your containers miss the required sailing schedule. Please bear in mind that “No VGM = No loading”.

You will be able to view cut off times during the booking stage allowing you to plan the VGM documentation accordingly.


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