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Container Weight FAQ

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Q: Can the VGM be provided at the time of booking in order to simplify our processes, whether through a freight forwarder or the entity supplying the cargo for shipment?

A: Obtaining VGM requires knowledge of either: (1) the total mass of the packed container, or (2) the combination of the tare mass of the container plus the mass of the cargo, dunnage and securing material that is packed into that container. It is theoretically possible that this information may be known at the time of booking. However, in reality, and even where there are standard, homogenous cargo types involved, all the information necessary to derive a correct VGM may only be known at some stage after the booking.


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