Export Shippers Final Questions Answered Before SOLAS VGMs Required on Shipping Containers
“Export Shippers Final Questions Answered Before SOLAS VGMs Required on Shipping Containers – Latest industry shipping news from the Handy Shipping Guide
The parties involved point out that container safety is a shared responsibility, and all parties have an interest in improving the safety of ships, their crews and others throughout the containerised supply chain while reducing the risk of damages to cargo. With some of the horrific accidents caused in the past directly as a result of misdeclared container weights the full implementation of the new regulations should be welcomed by all shippers.
The supplementary FAQs include new questions and answers as well as expanded answers to some of the questions listed in the December FAQs. As such, these FAQs do not introduce new interpretations or approaches, but seek to provide further assistance in explaining the SOLAS VGM requirements by building on existing guidance material. Some of the information is available in Chinese and can thus be forwarded by importers of Chinese goods to their suppliers.
Some of the supplementary FAQs explain in more detail how the SOLAS container verified gross mass requirements should be fulfilled in various circumstances as described in questions received from supply chain parties. Other supplementary FAQs are intended to give additional information regarding the two methods that may be used under the SOLAS VGM requirements to obtain the verified gross mass of a packed container.
Stakeholders are urged to continue to approach any of the collaborating organisations with additional questions that may arise after the enforcement date of the regulation on 1 July. Contact details of subject-matter experts from each of the organizations can be found at the end of the FAQs document.”