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Tropical Shipping Increases Verified Gross Mass (VGM) Surcharge for FCL Cargo Loaded at the Halifax Seaport

Tropical Shipping strives to deliver the best transportation value and is committed to providing the highest levels of service, security and efficiency that our customers have come to expect. 

When Tropical Shipping provides the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) for FCL Equipment, in accordance with the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) amendment, the following surcharge will be assessed. 

Effective May 5, 2019, when Tropical Shipping provides the VGM, a VGM Surcharge increase will apply to all FCL equipment loaded at the Halifax Seaport in Canada as follows. 

Port of Load

Port of Discharge

Equipment Size and Type

Current VGM Surcharge


VGM Surcharge Effective 5/5/2019

Halifax, Canada



$225.00 per unit

$25.00 per unit

$250.00 per unit


The VGM Surcharge does not apply to LCL Cargo. 

The VGM Surcharge will not apply when the Shipper provides the VGM to Tropical Shipping.

Tropical Shipping values its close relationships we have built with our customers throughout our more than 50-year history. Thank you for choosing us as your carrier of choice to The Bahamas and the Caribbean. For further information, please contact your local Sales Representative in Canada at 506-644-6300 or the U.S. Customer Service Team at 800-638-TROP (8767) or 561-881-3999.

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