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MSC has been offering reliable and efficient shipping services to and from Estonia since 1998.  
Our dedicated local team is here to support you every step of the way, ensuring that your cargo has a safe and smooth journey, from loading to delivery. 

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SOLAS VGM information for Estonia

What is VGM? 

Verified Gross Mass or VGM refers to the exact, verified weight of a packed container. For safety reasons, vessel operators can only load a container if its weight has been verified. 

  
Government approval status 

  • Estonian Maritime Administration is in charge of implementing VGM according to SOLAS requirements.
  • Providing VGM for MSC ESTONIA is MANDATORY. Without VGM it is forbidden to load container onto a vessel. 
  • Acceptable tolerance of VGM deviation is +/- 5 % of cargo weight but not more than 1000 KG 

 

 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
  • VGM date 

 

 How to submit your VGM instructions 

  • myMSC 
  • Terminal’s Cone portal by registering electronic visit 
  • EDI (via INTTRA; GT NEXUS; Cargo Smart)
  • Shipping instruction signed 

 


Deadlines for sending your VGM instructions 


MSC Estonia must receive VGM by the end of the VGM closing time of each feeder vessel. VGM closing time deadline mentioned on the booking confirmation. 

 

Admin Fees and costs 

  • Any costs related to customer’s failure to provide VGM data within specified deadlines (including but not limited to port storage, demurrage, and container moves) will be for the account of customer. 
  • Terminal is able to provide the chargeable check-weighing or weighing service for all loaded containers arriving into terminal. 

Basic rates for weighing service are: 

  • Weighing service ordered prior Gate In of the container – 35 €/container 
  • Weighing service ordered then container already on Yard Delivery of order 24 h before the vessel arrival – 100 €/container. 

 

Possible additional costs regarding VGM input: 

  • Manual VGM Submission Fee (When VGM info is sent to us by e-mail and requires our manual handling): EUR 10/cntr 
  • Late VGM Submission Fee (when VGM is submitted to us after cut-off time but earlier than 12 hours before vessel arrival): EUR 50/cntr. 
  • VGM Misdeclaration Fee (When discrepancy between VGM and real cargo weight is beyond the tolerance set out by local authorities at port of loading - in Estonia 5% of cargo weight but not exceeding 1000 kg): EUR 150/cntr. 
  • Penalty for Overweight (When shipper or responsible person has presented incorrect VGM and real cargo weight is exceeding the maximum container payload. The Shipper is also responsible for additional reloading costs for weight correction and storage/demurrage costs): EUR 350/cntr. 

 

Recommendations 
MSC EESTI AS should be informed in advance about the appointment of 3rd parties to provide the VGM. 

 

Questions about VGM? 

Contact our Estonian team.

Prohibited cargo

 Imports 

  • Meat and milk and any items thereof from non-EU countries with the exception of limited amounts from Andorra, Croatia, the Faeroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland and small amounts of specific products from other nations 
  • Protected species and products thereof as listed by the CITES (Washington Convention) e.g. ivory, tortoise shell, coral, reptile skin, wood from Amazonian forests

Though the above items are the only ones prohibited, there are a number of goods that are heavily restricted. For more information, see the links below. 

 

Exports 

  • Illegal drugs 
  • Pornographic or offensive materials 
  • Knives, daggers and other illegal and dangerous weapons 
  • Pirate and counterfeit goods
  • Restrictions exist on exporting antiquities and valuable artefacts, wild animals and plants threatened with extinction 

 

For full details of prohibited cargo in Estonia please visit the following site: Estonian Customs: Regulations, Export-Import Procedures by Customs of Estonia (visahq.com)

 

List of terminals 

Ports and terminals

 Terminal Name Port Country UNCode
 HHLA TK ESTONIA AS  Tallinn Estonia EETLL

 

Cargo Loading

MSC's cargo handling facilities are strategically located to ensure the efficient and timely loading of goods for export and import. We also provide cargo consolidation, loading and re-loading, packing, unpacking and cross-loading services from containers to trucks.

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Container Weighing (VGM)

All MSC local offices provide certified scales to record and verify container weight (verified gross mass or VGM) in line with Safety of Lives at Sea (SOLAS) regulations. VGM instructions are mandatory for all shipments for safety reasons and vessel operators can only load a container if its weight has been appropriately verified. Contact your local MSC team for more information and support. 

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Fumigation

Our team of in-house forestry experts enables us to provide dedicated cargo fumigation services for the seamless shipment of wood. As a specialist in log shipments, including a long track record of shipping wood to the Far East, we provide tailored support for all of our customers, including those with specific requirements due to the bark beetle infestation in Northern Europe.

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Last update: 2022-07-05T20:32:00