MSC has been helping customers to ship cargo to and from Romania since 1999. Today, with 2 main feeder services connecting the world via the main transhipment hubs of Tekirdag and Gioia Tauro, MSC Romania remains in the well-established first position on the Romanian shipping market.
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.
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 signatory in all CAPITAL LETTERS.
How can I submit my VGM instructions?
Guidelines for submitting your VGM instructions
The Verified Gross Mass (VGM) must be sent within the cut offs, immediately after stuffing.
If you cannot determine the VGM, we can provide this service at the container terminal in Constanta, but the request must be placed at the time of the booking.
The weighting can be done exceptionally after container is gated in, but there will be additional costs involved.
There is currently no “NO VGM – No GATE” policy.
MSC admin fees and costs
Manual VGM Submission Fee (applies to email, fax, and inclusion on standard shipping instructions): 5 USD per container.
Late VGM Submission Fee: 10 USD per container.
VGM Misdeclaration Fee: 70 USD per misdeclaration + weighting costs, per container.
Questions about VGM?
Contact our export team at RO187-BUH-Export-DL@msc.com.
We do not accept personal effects (households, cars ). The only exception is diplomatic cargo based on provided Embassy letter.
For any special cargo ( any waste cargo type, scrap, residues, dangerous cargo, cargo), it is compulsory to check with our office prior accepting the booking.
Contact our import team at: RO187-BUH-Import-DL@msc.com or
While there are no specific forbidden cargos for export from Romania, we follow the line’s specific instructions that might appear. We suggest checking with our team before placing the bookings in order to make sure no restrictions have been enforced.
Contact our export sales team at: RO187-ROBUH-Sales-DL@msc.com
At MSC, we believe that global success depends on local solutions and local expertise. Our customer services teams are always available for any information or guidance requested. A range of services to support customers shipping to or from Romania:
Inland services throughout the country
We offer door to door services both in import and in export.
Container weighting for VGM
If you are not able to determine the VGM for our containers at your premise, we can wight it for you upon gate in in the terminal. We will revert to you with the weighting and you can declare the VGM on the website or we can declare it for you.
Start your journey
Ready to get started? Contact our import and export teams at: Import Dept: RO187-BUH-Import-DL@msc.com or Export Sales Dept: RO187-ROBUH-Sales-DL@msc.com to request a quote, book or find out more about our local services.
Last update: 2022-06-29T20:33:00