The new SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) VGM (Verified Gross Mass) requirement will take effect on July 1, 2016. This new rule will require each internationally loaded container to have a VGM before it can be loaded onto a vessel, or possibly, even accepted at the terminal gate. Marisol International has worked diligently to provide SOLAS updates each week in the Marisol Transportation & Trade News Update. Considering the large scope of this rule and variations by country, we have compiled the below archive for easy reference.
Beginning on July 1, 2016, each internationally loaded container will be required to have a VGM (Verified Gross Mass) before it can be loaded onto a vessel.
In case you missed it, beginning on July 1, 2016, each internationally loaded container will be required to have a verified gross mass (VGM) prior to its stowage upon a vessel. Obtaining and providing the VGM will be the sole responsibility of the shipper. Below outlines the upcoming law, detailing what shippers need to know to prepare.
Cargo insurance is always the best way to safeguard cargo while it is in transit. Still, an often-overlooked way to "insure" cargo is to properly load the container to protect freight while it is en route to the final destination. Below is an outline of the best practices for loading cargo into a container set for an international journey.
2016 is just around the corner and some major changes will take place within the international logistics industry over the next few months. The Chinese New Year, ACE implementation, the Panama Canal Expansion completion and the pending Global Container Weight Rule will impact shippers, carriers, customs brokers, freight forwarders and other members of the international trade community. Below is an outline of what to expect and how to work with your freight forwarder or customs broker to prepare for these major events.
1. Beginning on February 8, the Chinese New Year will impact supply chains across Asia for up to a month. Read our blog post about the Chinese New Year here, detailing the major holiday and the possible delays shippers could encounter. The key advice is to place orders in advance to ensure shipments depart from Asia prior to the start of the holiday.
2. On March 31, ACE must be used for customs entries and ACS will no longer be available for the filing of electronic entries and associated entry summaries. ACE will allow U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and 47 other government agencies (OGAs) to operate on one single platform to streamline communication and the clearance process. Read our blog post about the ACE rollout here. The trade community should begin testing ACE now to ensure as smooth of a transition as possible.
Recently, we published a blog post discussing the pending Global Container Weight Rule, which will go into effect on July 1, 2016. Beginning next summer, each internationally loaded container will be required to have a verified gross weight prior to vessel loading.
In July of 2016, every internationally loaded container will be required to have a verified container weight prior to vessel loading. The new rule will force many ports to upgrade infrastructure and train additional personnel. So how will this pending rule impact the global supply chain?