Government approval status
SOLAS is ratified by the Dominican Republic and all MSC operated and chartered vessels are subject to the application and compliance of the convention; therefore it is of mandatory application in Dominican Republic.
The Ship-owners Association of the Dominican Republic (ANRD) has issued a statement regarding the implementation of the VGM / SOLAS incoming regulations. We herein attach the official communication released by the ANRD which is self-explanatory in terms of procedures, tolerances and tariff structure of the service.
What to include in your VGM instructions
The following items are mandatory and must be on all VGM instructions
- Booking or Bill of Lading number
- Container number
- VGM + unit
- Authorized person’s signatory (submitter of the VGM who may be authorized to act on behalf of shippers
- Responsible party Name
How to submit your VGM instructions
- EDI (via INTTRA, GT NEXUS, Cargo Smart)
- Manual (via INTTRA, GT NEXUS, Cargo Smart)
- Fax, emails
Deadlines for sending your VGM instructions
MSC will remain applying same cut-off structure and published at MSC.COM. We therefore wish to confirm that no special or additional timing restrictions will be applicable from our side. Bearing this we confirm that for dry / reefer cargo our cut off remains 24 hours (1 working day) prior vessel arrival and 48 hours for cargoes bound to USA.
Admin Fees and costs
MSC won’t apply any fee for the container weighting leaving up to shipper’s discretion and negotiation with their own providers whom should be used for that service.
Any container that arrives to terminals’ gates without any valid VGM certificate will be subject to compulsory weighting by the port were all charges will be directly invoiced to the exporter.
- As from 01/07/2016 all containers must be weighted prior being loaded.
- If the first method is used accoding to last SOLAS amendements, all weighting stations for containers must be certified by INDOCAL (Dominican Institute of Quality).
- Upon container entrance to the port, a copy of such certificate (VGM and INDOCAL cert.) must be delivered to the terminal and eventually to us.
- Weight validation by the terminal will be mandatory at a cost of u$5 + VAT charged directly by each port operator and. If the difference is greater to 1,000 kg/container, the terminal facility will issue a new certificate and apply a rate of usd 50. + VAT directly to the client. Kindly be sure to deliver to us a final and valid certificate.
- If the 2nd method is chosen according to last SOLAS amendement entering soon in force, based on weighting boxes individually, plus adding pallets, lashing material and container tare, the scale must also be certified by INDOCAL.
MSC Dominicana Commercial department:
Phone: +1 (809) 381-1006
Fax: +1 (809) 381-1076