Major incidents and accidents, resulting from overweight containers, have prompted the international shipping community to take action in order to prevent incorrect weight declarations. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) in collaboration with industry representatives has, therefore, adopted specific rules as part of the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention.

The new requirement states it is the responsibility of the shipper on record to provide the container's gross verified weight to the ocean carriers. All states (countries) which are members of the IMO have to adopt these VGM rules

  • either in their original form or
  • with additional requirements in accordance with local/national laws or rules.

The SOLAS amendments will enter into force on the 1st July 2016. Containers already packed before that date, for loading onto a vessel as from 1st July 2016 will also require VGM confirmation.

Kuehne + Nagel VGM Portal – Online tool for reliable transfer of the required VGM data

To help customers comply with the new requirements of the SOLAS Verified Gross Mass (VGM) regulation, Kuehne + Nagel has created KN VGM portal, an online tool for reliable transfer of the required VGM data. Kuehne + Nagel VGM portal is accessible with mobile devices via scanning the QR code or alternatively via a link on your booking reference, which is included in all booking confirmations starting as of 13th June 2016.

Kuehne + Nagel VGM portal makes it easy and less expensive for you to manage and submit the VGM required information, as well as other data necessary for record keeping and shipment identification.

For further information please see the VGM Shipper Guide.

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