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What is detention?
Detention is the charge applicable, after the free time expires, for the use of the carrier’s full container inside the marine terminal until the empty is handed over to the designated MSC depot. This charge can also apply while the container is undergoing customs inspections, or while the cargo inside the container is being reworked for safety reasons.
What are storage charges?
Terminal storage charge is applicable, after the free time expires, for containers left inside the terminal. These charges need to be settled directly to the terminal based on their published tariff. If the containers are abandoned, the line will be responsible for the storage charges.
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 SL are now allowed to use their certified scales to record Verified Gross Mass (VGM) of shipments.
Government approval status
The Director General Merchant Shipping of Sri Lanka (DGMS) under Ministry of Ports & Shipping is the sole regulating authority of VGM in Sri Lanka.
The threshold for gross container weight tolerance will be 5% (+/-) or 01 Ton (+/-) per declared weight as mentioned in the VGM certificate. Container exceeding the threshold is not allowed to load on the vessel.
Terminal Gates will be checking VGM certificate when Container entering to Terminal stack.
No container will be accepted to vessel stack without having valid VGM after 01st of July 2016.
How to submit your VGM instructions
myMSC – customer can upload VGM data and PDF file of the VGM certificate.
Deadlines for sending VGM the instructions
Based on the standard CY cut off 12 hours prior vessel Berthing would be the VGM cut-off for none-EU cargo.
Containers arriving or VGM submitting after 12 cut-off would not be loaded on vessel. EU VGM cut-off is BL Draft. Submission weight declared at the time of cut-off should capture when transmitting manifest for EU cargo.
MSC admin fees and costs
Weight amendment fee: USD 25/- per container.
Incorrect weight declaration above 1 mt USD 25/- per container.
Manual submission of VGM USD 15/- per container.
As per DGMS, we will keep all the VGM certificates under our custody.
Submission of VGM certificate dully signed by shipper is mandatory requirement.
In case of container shut-out or additional expenses at Terminal due to VGM issue, shipper is responsible for all the additional costs
Questions about VGM?
Contact our Order handling and Capacity team
What is an LOI?
An LOI (Letter of Indemnity) is required when an original Bill of Lading is lost or destroyed. It can be completed by shipper at the Port of Loading, or by the consignee at the Port of Discharge.
The LOI requires 200% of the commercial value of the cargo plus Ocean Freight to be guaranteed either through bank or MSC’s Insurance company.
MSC’s global LOI requirements are set out by our Geneva headquarters. The LOI must be completed as per these instructions to get a duplicate Bill of Lading to be issued.
It is illegal to bring the following items into Sri Lanka.
products, pieces where the identification of the definite part of the Carcass it was taken from is not possible
Condensed milk containing less than 31 per cent of milk solids
Foodstuffs if deemed unfit for human consumption
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and living modified organisms (LMOs; please see the section on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) below)
Appliances for discharging gas, including pistols, pistol-pens, pistol pencils, hand grenades, cartridges, , except if imported by or on behalf of the Government
Dummy firearms, walking stick guns and similar hidden guns
Chinese firecrackers containing explosives which are deemed dangerous. ( to approval from the Ministry of )
Sword canes and similar hidden knives capable of cutting or stabbing
Articles bearing imprints deemed as derogatory to any religious teaching
Publications which may provoke acts punishable under the Penal Code
Lottery proposals, circulars, or tickets
Indian and Pakistani Currency
Last update: 2022-10-04T01:38:00