– NEW REQUIREMENT TO PROVIDE VGM TO THE OCEAN CARRIER
Dear AWS Agent,
Effective July 1, 2016, the Safety of Life at Sea Convention
(SOLAS) requires shippers to provide the verified gross mass (VGM) of each
container carrying cargo to the ocean carrier and port terminal
representative before the container may be loaded onto a ship. Receipt
of the VGM will be a condition for loading a packed container aboard a
vessel for export.
All World Shipping the booking and MBL steps happen outside of the AWS
online system. This allows the agent to easily maintain information
regarding the shipment and feed the various other modules within your own
logistics systems. You will need to adopt additional procedures to secure
VGM information at the earliest point while confirming to the actual
shipper their liability regarding supplying this information.
As an Agent of All World Shipping you
have always been responsible for submitting the Master B/L instructions to
the ocean carrier. Effective July 1st, you have the additional
responsibility of providing the VGM (Verified Gross Mass) to the ocean
carrier on all containerized ocean shipments.
contacted by a Shipper to start a shipment you should reaffirm the
requirements of SOLAS. You may want to send them the suggested spreadsheet
to capture the mandated information on a per container basis and have the
shipper return the form to you for your record. You can then supply the
same information to any ocean carrier or other bodies as requested.
be prudent to include the following statement in your booking confirmation
back to the shipper:
Merchant acknowledges that it is required to provide verified
weights obtained on calibrated, certified equipment of all cargo that is to
be tendered to steamship lines. Shipper agrees that Carrier is entitled to
rely on the accuracy of such weights and to counter-sign or endorse it as
Carrier’s own certified weight to the steamship line carrying the
cargo. The Merchant agrees that it shall indemnify and hold the Carrier
harmless from any and all claims, losses, penalties or other costs
resulting from any incorrect or questionable verification of the weight
provided by Merchant or its agent or contractor on which the Carrier
the gross mass be verified?
regulation allows for two methods to verify the gross mass (VGM) of packed
Weighing the packed container using calibrated and certified equipment; or
Weighing all packages and cargo items, including the mass of pallets,
dunnage and other securing material to be packed in the container and
adding the tare mass of the container to the sum of the single masses,
using a certified method approved by the competent authority of the State
in which packing of the container was completed. Method 2 will not be
practical for shippers of bulk commodities like iron ore, grain, etc.
coming weeks we will continue to find ways to assist in this process and
offer our agents some options to ensure compliance.
Vice President Business and Process Development
All World Shipping Corp.