August 1, 2016
Customers have had a chance to submit weights, and follow the VGM process since this rule went into
effect in July 2016. This letter is to remind you, our valued customer, the second portion of this rule will
go into effect on August 12, 2016.
WESTBOUND and EASTBOUND — Exports and Imports from/to North America:
SUBMISSION OF VERIFIED GROSS MASS (VGM) BY SHIPPER
Under SOLAS requirements, it is the Shipper's responsibility to obtain and transmit the required VGM
data for a packed container to the Ocean Carrier. Once the Shipper has provided the required VGM
details to WSL by the specified ship VGM cut-off date, the Shipper's responsibility is complete.
Effective August 12, 2016, failure to supply required information by the VGM cut-off will result in a $200
PC charge and will result in containers not being loaded to the vessel.
In addition, Shipper's shall be liable for any fine, penalty, or other sanction imposed upon the Carrier, its
agents, or motor carriers performing transportation service moving under this tariff or service contract
for any violation of VGM.
Westwood thanks all of our customers for your understanding and continued business support.
If you have any questions or require further assistance, please contact your Westwood Sales
Manager or Customer Service Specialist at 1-800-621-4371
Westwood Shipping Lines