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Connecting France to the world

MSC has been helping customers to ship cargo to and from France since 1993. Today, with more than 20 services connecting to over 230 global routes, MSC FRANCE moves more than 800,000 TEU of cargo per year. 

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Detention and demurrage in France

What is Demurrage & Detention? 
Demurrage & Detention is the charge applicable, after the free time expires, for the use of the carrier’s full container. 

At Import 
The period of freetime starts as of the day of discharge from the vessel at terminal and ends the day of the empty container drop off. 

At Export  
The period of freetime starts as of the day of empty container release and ends the day of the commercial proforma date – ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival) communicated during your booking – of selected vessel. If the loading vessel changes upon customer’s request, the application the application period begins when the empty equipment is picked-up and stops the day of loading on board vessel. 

SOLAS VGM information

What is VGM?

Verified Gross Mass or VGM refers to the exact, verified weight of a packed container. For safety reasons, vessel operators can only load a container if its weight has been verified.

Government approval status

  • The French government has published since May 28th 2016 a decree with tolerance 5% inaccuracy allowed on two methods.

What to include in your VGM instructions

The following items are mandatory and must be in all VGM instructions :

  • Booking number or B/L number

  • The container number

  • The VGM in kg

  • The name of the responsible person in capital

  • letters, as electronic equivalent of the signature

 How to submit your VGM instructions


  • EDI (via INTTRA, GT NEXUS, Cargo Smart and any other)

  • Shipping instructions signed

  • Fax, email

 Deadlines for sending your VGM instructions

  • VGM must be known to the ship-agent, at least 24 hours before physical closing of the vessel.

  • The VGM cut-off date will be mentioned on the booking confirmation. If the VGM is received later, the container will not be planned / loaded on the vessel.

 Admin Fees and costs

  • If the VGM has to be handled manually by the local agent, a local fee of 100€ per container will be applied. This also applies for VGM info added in the electronic booking.

  • If the VGM is not received before VGM closing time, container will be put on hold and all related costs like demurrage, storage, moves, plugging… will be for the account of the shipper.

  • If the VGM declaration is wrong after loading on board, a penalty will occured of 500€ per container, extracost and collateral expenses will be invoiced.

 Contact information

Tel: + (33)

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Prohibited cargo

As per IMDG code restrictions, MSC Policy and provisions in force.  

What we offer

At MSC, we believe that global success depends on local solutions and local expertise. Discover our complete range of services to support customers shipping to or from France.  

  • Nationwide intermodal services 
  • Barges 
  • Trains 
  • Trucks 

Ready to get started? Contact our France team to request a quote, book or find out more about our local services.

Gender Equality Index

From the 9th January 2019, any organisation that has 50 or more employees must publish and report specific figures about their gender equality index in France. 

The gender equality index is the difference between the average earnings of men and women, expressed relative to men's earnings. 

The actual value for MSC France is 88/100. 

For more information we invite you to visit (Ministère du Travail)
Le décret relatif aux modalités d'application et de calcul de l'Index d'Egalité femmes-hommes est paru au Journal Officiel le 09 Janvier 2019. L'index devra être calculé et publié chaque année par toutes les entreprises d'au moins 50 salariés. 

L'index d'égalité entre les sexes est l'écart entre la moyenne des rémunérations des femmes et la moyenne des rémunérations des hommes, exprimé par rapport à celle des hommes.

La valeur actuelle de l'index pour MSC France est 88/100.

Pour plus d'information, nous vous invitons à lire: (Ministère du Travail)
Résultats par indicateur

Indicateur calculable (1=oui, 0=non) Valeur de l'indicateur Points obtenus Nombre de points maximum de l'indicateur Nombre de points maximum des indicateurs calculables
1- Ecart de remuneration (en %) 1 6.3 33 40 40
2- Ecarts d'augmentations individuelles (en points de %) 1 3.1 20 20 20
3- Ecarts de promotions (en points de %) 1 2.6 15 15 15
4- Pourcentage de salariés augmentés au retour d'un congé maternité (%) 1 100 15 15 15
5- Nombre de salariés du sexe sous-représenté parmi les 10 plus hautes rémunérations 1 3 5 10 10
Total des indicateurs calculables 88 100
INDEX (sur 100 points) 88 100


Container Weighing (VGM)

All MSC local offices provide certified scales to record and verify container weight (verified gross mass or VGM) in line with Safety of Lives at Sea (SOLAS) regulations. VGM instructions are mandatory for all shipments for safety reasons and vessel operators can only load a container if its weight has been appropriately verified. Contact your local MSC team for more information and support. 
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