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Container Weight FAQ

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Q: Where a container is consolidated with cargo from more than one shipper, which entity is responsible to obtain and communicate VGM?

A: The entity responsible for obtaining and communicating the VGM to the carrier and the terminal is the shipper identified as such on the maritime carrier’s bill of lading. In many instances, this will be the entity involved at the completion of the packing process, at which point all masses of cargo, dunnage and securing material can be summed, together with the tare mass of the container.


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