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On 1 July 2016, international regulations became effective requiring the shipper to establish the so-called verified gross mass (VGM) of packed sea containers.

There are two methods for establishing the VGM – either weighing the packed container or adding the individual items in the container to the container's own weight according to a certified method.

The regulations apply to ships that initiate an international voyage after 1 July 2016.

The Danish Maritime Authority has – in close cooperation with a number of business organisations – drawn up three short guidelines describing how to implement the regulations.

In addition, to the three guidelines, the Danish Maritime Authority has drawn up an overview of frequently asked questions.

The guidelines are available here:



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