New Solas VGM requirement for Australia
Effective 1 July 2016, shipper of all export packed containers will be responsible for determining and declaring the verified gross mass (VGM) per container prior to collection and lodgment as a condition of loading aboard a vessel.
The shipper or person named on the bill of lading, is responsible for determining, documenting and submitting the VGM of a packed container to the contractual carrier. If a third-party is entrusted with weighing a container and submitting the data on the shipper’s behalf, the shipper still remains fully responsible (liable) for the accuracy of the VGM.
How do I calculate the VGM?
Shippers may use one of two methods to determine the VGM:
- Method 1 - Weighing the fully loaded container after it has been packed.
- Method 2 - Weighing the contents of the container, including cargo and any packing materials, and then adding that to the tare weight of the container printed on the door.
NOTE: Estimating weight is not permitted.
How should I submit the VGM to Control Global Logistics?
As the shipper, you will need to complete and submit your container VGM data to Control Global Logistics with a VGM Declaration form.
The VGM Declaration must be received prior collection of packed containers.
For further information or inquiries please speak to our team.