The Florida Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association hosted a Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Orientation last week to address the new Verified Gross Mass (VGM) requirement. Seaboard Marine’s Director of Compliance, Richard Spohn, served as a panelist to answer questions and shed light what is being done to aid in facilitating the acceptance of a Verified Gross Mass from shippers.

“Seaboard Marine intends to engage and educate our customer base on this new IMO (International Maritime Organization) SOLAS regulation. It is our intention to ensure that we meet the requirements enforced upon the ocean carrier while avoiding potential delays in accepting VGM’s from our customers,” said Mr. Spohn. He added, “To the extent that we can aid in facilitating this new shipper requirement, we are working diligently to provide as many opportunities possible for our valued customers to provide the necessary information to avoid complications.”

Beginning July 1, 2016, container weight verification requirements will be enforced as outlined by the International SOLAS Convention, an international maritime safety treaty.

Following the effective date, it would 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 declared by the shipper.

For FAQs in several languages regarding the VGM requirement, visit our knowledge base.

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