SOLAS takes effect Friday; here’s the latest

SOLAS is due to take effect Friday, July 1. We are keeping up with information from various ports around the world as each explains how they’ll manage the mandate requiring a Verified Gross Mass (VGM) that must accompany cargo before it ships via seafaring vessels.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will offer weighing services at its six terminals. The 19 ocean carrier members of the Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association (“OCEMA”) have joined with the six major East and Gulf coast ports, including the South Carolina Ports Authority, Georgia Ports Authority, North Carolina State Ports Authority, the Port of Houston Authority, The Port of Virginia and Virginia International Terminals, and the Massachusetts Port Authority, agreeing to use the common streamlined “Terminal Weighing Approach” to providing verified gross mass (“VGM”) at port locations.

According to JOC.com (Journal of Commerce), while U.S. marine terminals are coming around to a more streamlined approach, rail lines continue discussions. The journal reports that in India shippers will be permitted more time to comply with the requirements and be permitted to obtain the VGM of containers use weight bridges with certification from the Department of Legal Metrology through the end of August. Officials also have given terminals authority to get VGM via hardcopy until Sept. 30, a reprieve related to the use of electronic data exchange.

If you have questions about your cargo as it relates to SOLAS and the new VGM regulation, please contact your Cargo Services representative or call us at 800-645-0386.

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