We would like to inform you that effective July 1, 2016, the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) requires the shipper named on ocean carrier’s bill of lading has to provide a verified gross mass (VGM) for packed container.
The declaration of the verified gross mass should be signed and dated by a person duly authorized by the shipper and submitted to the carrier.
Without a timely provided VGM (Verified Gross Mass), the packed container shall not be loaded aboard ship. All possible costs that may arise from late VGM submission & consequent shortshipment shall be for account of the shipper, such as (but not limited to) extra moves, yard adjustment costs, export demurrage.
The SOLAS rules prescribe two methods by which the shipper may obtain the verified gross mass of a packed container:
Upon the conclusion of packing and sealing a container, the shipper may weigh, or have arranged that a third party weigh, the packed container.
The shipper (or, by arrangement of the shipper, a third party) may weigh all packages and cargo items, including the mass of pallets, dunnage and other packing and securing material to be packed in the container, and add the tare mass of the container to the sum of the single masses of the container’s contents (estimating the weight of a container’s contents is not permitted).
This method 2 is only allowed for ISO or AEO certified shippers. Those parties whom are not ISO/AEO certified will have no other option then to apply for special DGS permit (mail to VGM@mobilit.fgov.be (click on link to start the mail)).
In respect of both method 1 and 2, the weighing equipment used must meet the applicable accuracy standards and requirements of the State (Belgium applies a 5% accuracy ratio) in which the equipment is being used.
Our goal is to ensure that your cargo flow is not disrupted as a result of the new regulations.
Below are the basic principles with regards to shipper’s VGM submission:
In order not to affect vessel operation, shipper has to submit VGM to LOGFRET BELGIUM prior to the announced VGM submission cut-off. This particular VGM cut-off date & time shall be confirmed on our booking confirmation form accordingly.
3. Availability of Container Tare Weight Data
All the tare weight can be found on the door-side of the container, cntr CSC plate.
4. VGM Data Flow
Under the SOLAS requirement, the shipper is the party responsible for providing to the carrier and the terminal operator with the VGM data via our services.
Please understand that Logfret Belgium can not be held responsible for the lack of information or incorrect information on the VGM Document.
And once again all possible costs that may arise from late or incorrect VGM submission & consequent shortshipment shall be for account of the shipper, such as (but not limited to) extra moves, yard adjustment costs, export demurrage, extra weighing charges, multistops, waiting hours…
As the effective date is approaching, LOGFRET BELGIUM will continue to seek the most appropriate solution to facilitate actual operation in accordance with carriers and terminals, and will keep you informed on the subject of VGM implementation.