From 1 July 2016, shippers must verify container weights using certified weighing equipment and communicate a "Verified Gross Mass" or "VGM" to the shipping line. Without a VGM, the container cannot be landed on the vessel. Maritime NZ Rule 24B.4.4(a).

Maritime New Zealand rules require that the 'shipper' declares the Verified Gross Mass (VGM).  There are two approved methods for achieving the VGM:

1. Weigh the full container
2. Calculate the weight of the full container by adding together the weight of ALL the components and then adding dunnage, pallets or packing materials.

Maritime New Zealand has updated its website with relevant information. Click here for further information.

Collaborative solutions:

If customers are unable to supply the verified shipper with the actual product weight to provide a VGM, we can take the container via the weighbridge and notify you of the weight prior to arrival at LCT.

With the implementation of this new law, customers who choose the first option will be charged an additional cartage charge and weigh. We feel we have established a fair market rate for this additional cart and weigh service.

It is imperative correct weights are declared. The VGM and SOLAS declaration now considers an incorrect declaration to be a legal issue.

Mackleys have developed a hassle-free VGM system that gives customers confidence in the information provided. We are able to advise the VGM on behalf of our customers, which simplifies the process for our customers.

The results:

Our new collaborative solution allows our dispatcher to notify as to when the truck is on the way to port. This prevents additional handling and delays, allowing us to price the additional weigh and service at a competitive and fair price.

We have pre-meditated the VGM requirements and have a system in place, so our customers will feel no impact of the new law effective 1 July 16.