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.
In line with SOLAS (Safety of Lives at Sea) regulations, all marine terminals in the USA are now allowed to use their certified scales to record Verified Gross Mass (VGM) of shipments. Download our USA VGM policy and terminal guidelines for more information.
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What do I need to include in my VGM instructions?
- You must include the following on all VGM instructions:
- Booking or Bill of Lading (BL) number
- Container number
- VGM + weight measurement unit (lbs. or kgs.)
- Responsible Party Name
How can I submit my VGM instructions?
- myMSC (Free of Charge)
- EDI (via INTTRA)
- Manually (via INTTRA)
Guidelines for submitting your VGM instructions
MSC prefers to receive a Shipper-Verified Gross Mass (VGM) before cargo is delivered. This helps to avoid any unexpected weighing charges being levied against the cargo at the US Port of Loading, which will be billed to the Shipper of Record.
Any Shipper of Record-signed VGM will override any VGM derived at or by the terminal.
For truck delivery, the ultimate deadline for VGM submission will be 12:00 noon local time on the day of the cargo cut-off.
All rail shipments must have the VGM submitted within 24 hours of the container gating in at the origin rail ramp, to avoid any extra fees levied by the terminal for weighing services. Late gates will only be considered for approval when a VGM is submitted by the Shipper of Record before 12:00 noon, local time, on the day of the cargo cut-off.
MSC admin fees and costs
Manual VGM Submission Fee (applies to email, fax, and inclusion on standard shipping instructions): 24 EUR per container.
Questions about VGM?
Contact our BA team.
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Last update: 2022-07-05T20:33:00