Starting from July 1st 2016 it will be a legal requirement for all export containers to have a verified weight. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has amended the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) so that the shipper is responsible for the verification of the packed containers weight. After July 1st 2016 it will be a violation of SOLAS to load a packed container onto a vessel if the vessel operator and marine terminal operator do not have a verified container weight. (Known as VGM – Verified Gross Mass)
This is big news in our industry for 2016 and we have released a PDF document outlining the basics of what will happen. Please feel free to follow the link and download.
There is a lot in the press and social media on this topic and as with many new procedures there will be trials and tribulations. We are on hand to guide you through this so would urge you to contact us for further details. We are watching and listening to what the liners and ports are saying so we are ready with the latest information to help in a smooth transition so you meet the new regulations.