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Q: In the event we buy a product from a foreign supplier on FOB terms, we are the party who is concluding a contract of carriage with the maritime carrier. Due to local rules, the supplier, who is also packing the container, may be identified as shipper on the bill of lading. Which entity is responsible for communicating VGM in a timely fashion?

A: The shipper named on the maritime carrier’s bill of lading remains the responsible party under the SOLAS amendment for VGM. In your example, the supplier is the party responsible for obtaining the VGM and for providing it to the carrier, since the supplier is named as shipper on the bill of lading. You are encouraged to ensure that between yourself and the supplier, the VGM is obtained using either Method 1 or Method 2 as appropriate, in accordance with regulations applicable in the country where the packing takes place.


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