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Cargo weight verification now mandatory

     Container ship

Effective July 1, 2016, steamship lines will only accept containers that have received the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) in compliance with the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) regulations adopted by Transport Canada.

VGM must include the weight of cargo, all packaging, dunnage, bracing, plus the tare weight of the container.  The cost of VGM is usually (but not always) divided between the shipper and the consignee, based on Incoterms.  It is important to clarify the fee arrangement before arranging any shipments.

Please contact Debbie McGuire, Manager – Freight Solutions if you need help to determine the VGM of your next export shipment. 

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