At the Federal Maritime Commission hearing on February 18th, 2016 in Washington, D.C., United States Coast Guard officials made clear that shippers should not expect delays to SOLAS container weight regulation scheduled to take place on July 01st, 2016. They confirmed that the shipping industry will have to comply with International Maritime Organization verified gross mass requirements going into effect at the beginning of July.
The main purpose of the VGM document regulation is to obtain an accurate gross weight of packed containers so that vessel operators and terminal operators can put together vessel loading and stowage plans before loading cargo containers on ships. This requirement will protect vessel operators, terminal operators and equipment as well as the cargo of the shipper - you.
Josak Shipping is compliant with the new regulations and has internalized the document regulation submission process. We continue to keep the interests of our clients first and look forward to serving you.