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Container Weight FAQ

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Q: Instead of a freight forwarder being the consolidator, a maritime carrier may consolidate shipments from multiple shippers into a container and issue maritime carrier master bills of lading to each of these shippers. In these situations, who is responsible for obtaining the VGM?

A: When the maritime carrier acts as a consolidator and issues bills of lading to each of the shippers whose cargo is consolidated by it into the container, the maritime carrier is responsible for obtaining the VGM. The carrier can obtain the VGM using either Method 1 or Method 2. However, there would be no need for the maritime carrier to issue a VGM certificate to itself as the carrier is obtaining the VGM information through its own efforts.


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