The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) SOLAS VI/2 regulation on verified gross mass (VGM) takes effect on Friday, July 1, 2016, at ports worldwide. All terminals in the Port of New York and New Jersey will provide scale weights for use, at the carrier’s discretion, for export containers arriving to a terminal by truck without a VGM.
Under those conditions, a $10 fee may be assessed by the terminals to the ocean carrier. When a shipper has a VGM, please coordinate directly with your ocean carriers for the timing and format for transmitting.
Container weights provided by the railroads are not accepted for VGM purposes.
• For all exports received into Maher Terminals via ExpressRail Elizabeth, a VGM supplied by the ocean carrier via EDI will still be required before a container will be loaded onboard a vessel.
• At PNCT, APMT, GCT New York, GCT Bayonne and RHCT, any export container arriving via rail without a VGM will be assessed a $75 charge, weighed and the weight transmitted to the ocean carrier via EDI, once the charge has been paid.
If you have specific questions about your cargo, please contact your terminal operator.