Overview of VGM

CNS offers a solution for obtaining a verified gross mass (VGM) at our container terminals with an electronic pre-notification for each laden export container.

This solution provides a smooth/seamless service for moving containers through UK ports for our stakeholders in the port communities, whilst meeting the regulation introduced by the International Maritime Organisation as part of the SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) regulations. The CNS solution will be provided in conjunction with our container terminal partners/customers to meet the requirements set out in accordance with the MCA.

Your chosen shipping line or your nominated agent must declare, via CNS Compass, whether we will receive a VGM from the shipper or the terminal is requested to determine the VGM of the container on arrival (Terminal determined VGM or TVGM). CNS will also support shippers through providing the front end screen for their VGM requirements.

For further details on how to perform VGM actions within CNS please click here.

CNS Compass VGM functionality provides the following benefits:

  • Shipping line can declare the VGM through EDI.
  • Shipping line / Shipper / Forwarder can provide VGM through the Compass application.
  • The ability to request terminal VGM.

For further information regarding container weighing please follow the links below:

  • DP World Southampton and DP World London Gateway (click here)
  • CNS - VGM Downloadable Documents (click here)
  • London Container Terminal and Portsmouth MMD (Shipping Services) Ltd (click here)

Please Click Here to download a copy of the CNS Direct Debit Mandate form.

This MUST be completed and returned to CNS once you have completed your VGM Registration.
Address details are included within the mandate.