Weight discrepancy fee : United Kingdom & Ireland to World

15 May 2020

As safety on board vessels and towards our employees is a top priority for Maersk, we have taken the initiative to implement the new SOLAS requirement (Safety of Life at Sea) for the verification of container weights. Consequently, we expect every packed export container to have a Verified Gross Mass (VGM) as a condition of loading aboard one of our vessels. The latest case where a container did not follow our weight recommendations occurred in January 2020 on Aotea Maersk when a container stack collapsed due to a weight discrepancy. We would like to avoid such incidences in future.

Effective from 1st June 2020, we will verify and compare the declared weight to ensure the VGM is correct.

We will perform three validations

  • Discrepancy between VGM and weight in shipping instruction, +/- 500 kgs or +5% tolerance
  • Declared VGM exceeds allowable payload as per CSC Plate (excluding SOC).
  • Declared VGM is less than Tare Weight of the container.

Any failures in these validations will result in a Weight Discrepancy Fee of GBP 100 per container in UK and EUR 100 per container in Ireland. 

If you need us to organise weighing in UK for you, we will be happy to help. Please email with your request and we will do the rest. The charge for this service is GBP40 per container.

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