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Beginning on July 1, 2016, the SOLAS VERIFIED GROSS MASS (VGM) regulation goes into effect. The responsibility for providing this information resides with the shipper. Therefore, beginning July 1, 2016, all container shipments booked through Held & Associates or any other forwarder, will require that you provide to us a signed  VGM Certificate (Verified Gross Mass Certified) – copy attached – and a  downloadable copy is available on our website. In the early stages of this process will provide to you a copy of this form to fill out and return to us as soon as possible. The time frame for this information will vary by carrier, but you will be informed at the time you receive your booking confirmation from us.

The information required from you will be the container number, net weight of your cargo, tare weight of the container (this is listed on the door of every container) and the total gross mass (net +tare weight).

iStock_000065464399_MediumWe will not be charging any additional fees for the submission of this form to the carriers. However, if you do not have a means of weighing and obtaining the net weight of your cargo, we will need to be notified at time off booking to arrange for container to be weighed empty and then when loaded. This service will be charged and will be based upon regional availability of scales for providing the service and drayage required to stop off at scales to and from your loading facility (Charges will include scale ticket, stop off charge – 2x – and any wait time at scales). Please be aware that this process will also narrow down your window for load times and container availability.

Shipments without VGM Certificates supplied by you will not be accepted by the carrier nor permitted to be loaded. Containers submitted without VGM Certificates may be subject to fines and additional charges from carrier, as well as demurrage and per diem charges as carrier awaits VGM certificate.

LCL shipments do not require a VGM Certificate, however we will require a Packing List verifying the weight of your shipment and signed by you as shipper.


Please contact us if you have any additional questions at or 816-842-6701