Verified Gross Mass
Accurate weight reporting can mean the difference between a safe voyage and the opposite. Beginning July 1, 2016, the ocean shipping industry implemented a new requirement that shippers of each vessel-bound consignment provide a Verified Gross Weight (also referred to as Verified Gross Mass, or VGM) prior to shipment.
It is the shipper’s responsibility to accurately determine the Verified Gross Mass and provide that information to AIT as follows:
- For Full Container Load (FCL) -- shippers must provide AIT with the VGM of the container and all of its contents.
- For Less than Container Load (LCL) -- shippers must provide AIT with the weight of the cargo including the mass of pallets, dunnage, and other securing material.
To make it easy to declare VGM and facilitate a seamless transition, AIT offers a VGM declaration form for download and an overview of the changes in a customer letter.
Still have questions about Verified Gross Mass? Contact an AIT representative.