VGM = Total Weight of Cargo, Loading Aids, Dunnage and Tare of Container to become effective July 1st, 2016.
This requirement was deemed necessary in order to ensure Shippers provide theaccurate and reliable total weight of the container to the carrier for safety reasons.Many accidents occurred, causing injuries to people and assets, as a result ofinaccurate weight declarations.
The Shipper has to provide to the ocean carrier the Verified Gross Mass (Weight) of the Container, including cargo weight, weight of all loading equipment and materials,dunnage and the tare weight of the container) along with a Signature (can beelectronic) identifying the person responsible for the declared weight. This information has to be provided to the carrier, most likely before delivery to thecarrier's port terminal.
All countries which are members of the IMO (International Maritime Organization), a United Nations Agency, will have to implement VGM.
The shipper shown on the B/L is responsible for providing the VGM declaration, signed/identified by company and individual person. This declaration can be providedin paper or electronic form.
The container’s tare weight is shown on the door of the container. Some shipping lines have container weight information available on their websites.
VGM weight tolerance is under consideration. Numbers mentioned but not confirmed are 5% with maximum of 500 Kgs.
The purpose of the VGM is to advise the ocean carrier/terminal of the total container weight, including container tare weight, for safety purposes, most likely latest at the time container is being delivered into the carrier’s custody at the port terminal. Therefore, the VGM reported to the carrier doesn’t not have to match the weight shown in the B/L. The VGM is used by the carrier to prepare the vessel’s stowage plan.
The information is merely for general guidelines, to the best knowledge of QTC Line. Different ports have different operating requirements with may differ from these general guidelines. QTC Line bears no responsibility for any inaccurate information which is provided on good faith for purpose of facilitating containers’ operations.
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