Importance of SOLAS VGM Regulations

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Importance of SOLAS VGM Regulations
Shayna Catrice, Member, Business Consultant, United States

The new regulation will be enforced globally, but countries can issue their own guidelines based on the SOLAS requirement.

Guidelines based on the SOLAS

1. VGM Impact on Shipper
The ‘Shipper’ named on the ocean Bill of Lading is the party responsible for providing the VGM to the carrier. A VGM needs to be submitted for every container being loaded on the vessel, before the load list cut-off. If the VGM is not provided in due time, the container cannot be loaded.

2. VGM Process and Methods
Shippers may use one of two methods to determine the VGM

3. Important things to remember as a Shipper

4. VGM Cut-Offs
As a general guidance, the VGM should be received by Maersk Line prior to the cargo gate cut-off, before loading containers on the vessel. However, given the specific requirements implemented by each port and/or terminal, the cut-off for a VGM may vary and will therefore be communicated separately by our local organisations. Therefore, Maersk Line will provide the cargo cut-off and deadlines for declaring a VGM at the time of booking via your Booking Confirmation.

5. VGM and Inland
VGM at inland point will be a local decision, however the VGM will be a mandatory requirement for loading on the vessel in the first load port.

6. “No VGM, No Gate-In” Policy
While Maersk Line will comply with the IMO’s SOLAS requirement for VGM prior to loading, some terminals may adopt an additional buffer known as the “No VGM, No Gate-in” policy. It is important to emphasise that the “No VGM, No Gate-in” policy is decided and enforced by the terminal and not by Maersk Line.

7. Tare weights and more information on terminals.

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