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What is VGM?

All shippers must provide verified gross weight on all containers that are sent by ship. The requirement came after ship incidents due to stability problems from faulty weight distribution on the ships.

The main import of the rules regarding VGM is that the gross weight of a packed container must be determined by weighing. If verified weight is missing, the shipper may refuse to load the container.

The weighing can be done in two ways:

1. A container with a load is weighed in its entirety

2. The components to be included are each weighed separately, including packaging material, lashing equipment and container weight and the separate weights are totaled.s

IMO resolution MSC.380(94)

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