What is VGM

The ocean shipping industry has implemented a new requirement that shippers of each vessel-bound consignment provide a Verified Gross Mass or VGM prior to shipment. Professionals in the industry may be asking themselves "what is VGM?", and why were these new regulations put in place?

Verified gross mass is the total weight of a shipping container. For Less than Container Load (LCL) shippers, VGM must include the weight of the cargo, including the mass of pallets, dunnage, and other securing materials such as wires and cables. For Full Container Load (FCL), VGM must include the weight of the container and all of its contents. 

To make it easy to declare VGM, AIT is pleased to provide a VGM declaration form for download and an overview of the changes.

Still wondering what VGM is? Contact an AIT representative who will be more than happy to provide additional information.

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