What is the Verified Gross Mass (VGM)?
- The verified gross mass is the combined weight of the container’s tare weight and the weight of all cargo, including packaging and dunnage.
Why implement the VGM?
- The new regulation was adopted by the IMO (International Maritime Organization) to increase maritime safety and reduce risks facing cargo, containers and all those involved in container transport throughout the supply chain.
When will the VGM requirement been forced?
•The VGM requirement will be effective from 1 July 2016. Hereafter, carriers will not be allowed to load a packed container on to their vessels, unless a VGM has been provided by the shipper.