|The Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) amendment requires that a Verified Gross Mass (VGM) must be submitted for all ocean export containers prior to being loaded onto a vessel. This mandate will go into effect July 1, 2016. The Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association (OCEMA) recently announced that it will allow U.S. ports and marine terminal operators to weigh export containers moving through their port terminal truck gates and provide these gross container weights directly to the ocean carriers to satisfy the VGM mandated requirements. If this Terminal Weighing Approach is utilized by a particular marine terminal operator, there should be no further written or electronic authorization required of the shipper. Please note that any SOLAS VGM charges that carriers and/or terminal operators may assess for weighing services will be passed through by Rogers & Brown to the responsible party.
More specific details on the VGM import processes and communication flow between Shippers, Rogers & Brown and the Carriers will follow. Should you have any questions regarding the VGM, please feel free to contact our Sales team at [email protected].