Verified Gross Mass Declaration for Export Shipments

What is an Verified Gross Mass Declaration?

The Verified Gross Mass (VGM) declaration is a very important legal document.  This document represents a statement of total mass in accordance with International Maritime Organization (IMO) Verified Gross Mass requirements (SOLAS).  When shipping containerized product, shippers must provide a compliant VGM document to ensure compliance and safe movement of containers around the world.

Information contained in the Verified Gross Mass document includes:

  • Shippers Details (Exporter)
  • Container Number
  • Seal Number
  • Booking Number
  • Vessel Name
  • Voyage
  • Date Verified
  • Declarant Issuer
  • Signature
  • Total Verified Gross Mass Statement (Method 1 or Method 2) – Weight (kg or lbs)

There are 2 approved methods that must be used to declare the Verified Gross Mass:

METHOD 1 – Actual weight is taken of the whole container including tare when the container is packed.

You can request your freight forwarder to arrange weighing of your container when the truck is delivering the container to the port.  The truck will be weighed at a weighbridge and the total weight will be recorded.

METHOD 2 – The Shipper declares the total Verified Gross Mass.

Weighing inner and outer packages of all packages (including dunnage and pallets) and adding the tare mass of the container:

  • Cargo Gross Weight
  • Container Tare Weight
  • Verified Gross Mass 

Example of a Verified Gross Mass Declaration form to create and download for International Trade.

Verified Gross Mass template declares the total gross weight of containers exported
Verified Gross Mass Declaration created using IncoDocs

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