Shippers, Freight Forwarders, NVOCCs, Carriers & VGM Container Requirements

Shippers, Freight Forwarders, NVOCCs, Carriers & VGM Container Requirements
January 12, 2015 Aldo Flores
cargo vessel on open water

Verified Gross Mass (VGM)

Reporting the accurate weight of shipments is essential to a safe voyage. The VGM of your shipment is included in the shipping document and helps make sure your goods move safely and within weight limits. Having the VGM certificate in order means calculating the weight of an ocean liner’s cargo, dunnage, bracing and tare weight of the container. Trans Global has the expertise to help you with this.

The New VGM Container Regulation

containers stacked on cargo ship

Effective in July 2016, a packed container is no longer allowed on board vessels unless its VGM has been provided. This regulation reduces the chance of lost cargo, damage and inaccurate weight reporting. There are two methods used for calculating the VGM. You may choose to weigh the entire shipment after it is packed or weigh each item individually and add it to the weight of the container itself. Either way, accuracy is essential for reducing problems during shipment.


A shipper on the Bill of Lading has full responsibility for your VGM. Container shipping is a collaborative art. Your shipper might also play a role as a Freight Forwarder or Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC) so it’s important to establish which party is responsible for the VGM. All information must be accurate and to make sure the process is smooth for you, Trans Global calculates the VGM on your container.


Forwarders and NVOCCs help you weigh cargo before transport. Getting to your final destination means choosing a professional shipping company that can get the job done on your timeline — but with absolute precision. Trans Global Auto Logistics helps you maintain these records, including the VGM certificate for your shipment.


vgm containers shipping cargo

Carriers make sure that all message protocols are updated and followed. They also make sure that a VGM is received from forwarders/NVOCCs and shippers as part of a shipping document. Carriers take responsibility when something goes awry and frequently communicate with other key players in the shipping process using technology to make sure regulations are followed in transit. Delivering an accurate VGM on containers within the shipping document is crucial for carriers to move forward with your shipment.

Connect With Trans Global Today

Trans Global Auto Logistics helps you contact these key players using local and international connections that have been gathered over 30 years in the business. Consult one of our representatives today to find out how to begin the shipping process or calculate your container’s VGM for shipping.

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