Since 01 July 2016, every packed export container is required to have a Verified Gross Mass (VGM) as a condition of loading aboard a vessel. Maersk supports this requirement as it promotes safety across the industry, including for our customers and their cargoes, landside personnel, and subsequently our employees and vessels.
We would like to take the opportunity to underline the importance of submitting VGM in an accurate and timely manner.
Effective 1-October-2020, Maersk shall charge a Weight Discrepancy Fee (WDF) of EUR 100 per container in any of the below three situations
- Discrepancy is noted between VGM and weight declared in shipping instruction (Shipping instruction weight + Container Tare weight),
- Declared VGM exceeds Max Gross Weight of the container as per “Container Safety Convention Plate” (excluding shipper-owned container), or
- Declared VGM is less than Tare Weight of the container.
Please note that in scenario 2 above, overweight containers will be shut from loading, and accordingly Maersk will not be liable for any costs arising at origin or transshipment ports.
We further reiterate the importance of declaring the correct weight via your preferred channel amongst the following
- Via our Maersk website and login through our portal.
- Via EDI message for customers sending booking or shipping instructions with Maersk.
- Via service portals such as INTTRA, GT Nexus, and CargoSmart.
We thank you in advance for your continued support, and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact your local customer service or sales representatives. You will find contact details of our local office on Maersk website.