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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 Sweden are now allowed to use their certified scales to record Verified Gross Mass (VGM) of shipments.
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
VGM + weight measurement unit (lbs. or kgs.)
Responsible Party Name
Digital signature of the authorized signatory in all CAPITAL LETTERS.
How can I submit my VGM instructions?
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 SWE 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.
There are currently no SWE terminals with a “NO VGM – No GATE” policy.
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): 500 SEK per container.
Late VGM Submission Fee: 500 SEK per container.
Questions about VGM?
Contact our Swedish team.
Cargo types must be checked separately for safe acceptance.
Ports and terminalsMSC operates services to and from the following Swedish ports and terminals, with local team to support our customers.
|Port of Loading||Terminal|
|Gavle||Yilport Container Terminal|
|Halmstad||Halmstad Container Terminal|
|Norrkoping||Pampus Container Terminal|
|Ahus||Ahus Container Terminal|
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