SOLAS VGM Requirement for Pakistan

Last Updated: June 16, 2016
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Verified Gross Mass In Pakistan

A new SOLAS convention takes effect on July 01, 2016. As per guidelines prescribed through a Shipping Notice 001/2016 received as a Final Draft from Directorate General, Ports & Shipping on May 17, 2016.

SOLAS VGM Requirement

What is the Verified Gross Mass (VGM)?

The verified gross mass is the combined weight of the container tare weight and the weight of all cargo, including packaging and dunnage.

Why implement the VGM?

The new regulation was embraced by the IMO (International Maritime Organisation) to increase maritime safety and diminish risks facing cargo, containers and each one of those who involved in container transport throughout the supply chain.

When will the VGM requirement be enforced?

The VGM requirement will be effective from 1 July 2016. Hereafter, carriers will not be allowed to load a packed container onto their vessels, unless a VGM has been provided by the shipper.

VGM impact on shipper

Who Will Provide Verified Gross Mass (VGM)?

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.
A shipper can authorize a third party to provide the VGM on their behalf.

Will the VGM show on the Bill of Lading?

No, it will not. The VGM is declared separately from the gross cargo weight entered in the Bill of Lading.

Is VGM applicable to break-bulk shipment?

No, break-bulk is exempt from the VGM requirement, unless it is transported in a container.

VGM Process & Methods

What are the methods of weighing the container?

Shippers may use one of two methods to determine the VGM:

Method 1

Weighing the fully loaded container after it has been packed and doors closed and sealed.


Method 2

Weighing the content of the container (cargo and any packing materials) and then adding that to the tare weight of the container as indicated on its door.


How should shippers submit the VGM?

Shippers should preferably provide the VGM for their containers at the time of creating the Shipping Instructions (SI).

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