MSC has been helping customers to ship cargo to and from France since 1993. Today, with more than 20 services connecting to over 230 global routes, MSC FRANCE moves more than 800,000 TEU of cargo per year.
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
The French government has published since May 28th 2016 a decree with tolerance 5% inaccuracy allowed on two methods.
What to include in your VGM instructions
The following items are mandatory and must be in all VGM instructions :
Booking number or B/L number
The container number
The VGM in kg
The name of the responsible person in capital
letters, as electronic equivalent of the signature
How to submit your VGM instructions
Deadlines for sending your VGM instructions
VGM must be known to the ship-agent, at least 24 hours before physical closing of the vessel.
The VGM cut-off date will be mentioned on the booking confirmation. If the VGM is received later, the container will not be planned / loaded on the vessel.
Admin Fees and costs
If the VGM has to be handled manually by the local agent, a local fee of 100€ per container will be applied. This also applies for VGM info added in the electronic booking.
If the VGM is not received before VGM closing time, container will be put on hold and all related costs like demurrage, storage, moves, plugging… will be for the account of the shipper.
If the VGM declaration is wrong after loading on board, a penalty will occured of 500€ per container, extracost and collateral expenses will be invoiced.
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An LOI (Letter of Indeminity) 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 in order for a duplicate Bill of Lading to be issued.