MSC is a privately owned global shipping company founded in 1970 by Gianluigi Aponte. As one of the world`s leading container shipping companies, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, MSC operates from more than 675 offices in more than 155 countries around the world and employs more than 150,000 MSC Group employees. With access to an integrated network of road, rail and marine transportation resources that spans the globe, the company prides itself on providing a global service with local knowledge. MSC SERVICES is a global leader in global container shipping and a company that provides a global service with local knowledge. MSC also offers an integrated network of road, rail and maritime transport resources that spans the globe. YOUR INDUSTRY We bring you industry-specific know-how; Everything you ship, where you ship it. MSC offers a professional and efficient service tailored to the specific needs of your business. Our services are oriented towards you. • VGM manual filing fee (applies to email, fax and inclusion in standard shipping instructions): $25 per container. MSC has been helping customers ship goods to and from the United States since 1971. Today, the company has 1,350 employees, 9 offices, 21 ports, 31 terminals, 49 weekly connections and 89 indoor ramps.
Under the U.S. Customs and Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) program and in accordance with the guidance of numerous government agencies – Agricultural Security Minimum Security Criteria, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Marine Security Unit (SSM), and U.S. officials. The Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), the Australian Department of Agriculture and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFI) – and various other governments and/or international bodies such as the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) – it has become increasingly important to focus on preventing contamination by Container cargo pests and wood packaging material (WPM) to mitigate risks such as biosecurity and hazards throughout the supply chain. 1 – Contamination of containers and cargo can occur for many reasons, such as: origin, season, pest biology, packaging conditions, storage of transload areas, intermodal parking, fires that attract insects, environmental factors (wind, rain) and packing methods (temporary pests and previous cargo). The following links contain policies and/or guidelines: Easily access bill of lading number information to complete ISF submissions to U.S. Customs. • Email is only monitored for VGM declarations; • MSC accepts the terminal weighing approach to obtain a compliant VGM for loading. International Plant Protection Convention: www.ippc.int • VMD fee for misrepresentation: $300 per MIS declaration per container. • There are currently no U.S. terminals with a “NO VGM – No GATE” policy.
All “rail shipments” must be submitted to the original rail ramp within 24 hours of container arrival to avoid additional fees charged by the terminal for weighing services. Late doors will only be considered for approval if a VGM is submitted by the registered shipper before noon. Local time, the day the cargo closes. 3 – The industry may be directly affected in terms of delays in the release of cargo (quarantine), demurrage charges due to holds, additional handling and drayage and/or cross-tamping if necessary, cleaning/fumigation processes, possible re-export and/or cancellation of future deliveries, loss of business. Keep vegetation mowed near facilities, as these areas can be home to insects and rodents. The purpose of this letter is to raise awareness of you, as one of the many players in the international container supply chain, of the importance of improving understanding of the challenges and opportunities in identifying and reducing phytosanitary risks in our common areas of activity. The adoption of recommended measures at critical replacement points to contain the spread of invasive pests will not only help to prevent such a risk, but will also allow containers/cargo to move through ports more quickly and easily when container inspection is carried out by the competent authorities. Policy questions should be directed toll-free: 1-800-222-3367 Best practices and recommendations: The mitigation techniques listed below are best practices to protect against contamination, but do not fully guarantee that shipments, containers and cargo will remain free of contamination. It is the responsibility of each entity in the supply chain to ensure compliance with the requirements for agricultural pests and contaminants by following the rules of each country and/or port of destination. 2 – At supply chain exchange points, such as container depots (entry/exit), packing location (on arrival, during packing when packing is completed), transfer of full units and MT units, export/import terminals during entry/unloading and transhipment (during loading and unloading to/from the vessel) and finally upon arrival/unpacking and before return of MT units to depots.
Store trailers/containers outside of natural areas and/or avoid placing them above ground or vegetation. It is illegal to bring the following items into or out of the United States. Import Make sure the transport is clean before loading/filling. • While the U.S. Coast Guard`s recognition of declared equivalency has confirmed that existing terminal weighing practices for dockside scales in the U.S. comply with SOLAS regulations, all U.S. naval terminals are now authorized to use their certified scales to register VGMs. • We recommend that customers submit their shipper-verified gross mass (VGM) prior to cargo delivery to avoid unexpected weighing charges for freight at the U.S.
port of cargo charged to the shipper. • For more information on the VGM USA policy and terminal guideline, please click on the PDF document on the right side of this content. View the full list of prohibited and restricted goods. Export • Any shipper with a signed VGM file overwrites all VGMs derived from or from the terminal. Swing, vacuuming, washing containers and trailers before filling/loading. • For delivery by truck, the final deadline for VGM submission is 12:00 local time on the day of the loading block. Storage and covering of pallets, dunnage, boxes, etc. 5 – All industry participants should be aware of the risk of penalties for non-compliance with biosecurity requirements for those involved, which vary and can be very serious.
Law enforcement authorities may issue a notice of offence, an enforceable obligation, an injunction, a civil penalty order and any combination of these or all of these options.