SOLAS VGM Compliance for Shippers: VGM Weight Verification
Easy to use, integrated (SSO enabled) solution for International Shippers around the world to comply with the new IMO Requirement to certify VGM (Verified Gross Mass). The solution will boost efficiency, reduce errors, and streamline data transfer includes a plug-in that let’s shippers’ to connect directly from NetSuite Cloud ERP and/or TMS – Transportation Management Systems to the Freightgate Logistics Cloud and record your VGM submissions to your carrier, and to all participants along the supply chain including drayage companies, truckers, suppliers, warehouses, 3PLs, and NVOCCs.
On July 1, 2016, a new regulation from the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) comes into effect. It requires the shipper named on the ocean bill of lading to provide the container carrier and the terminal operator with the verified gross mass (VGM) of a packed container. The VGM Weight Verification will be required prior to loading the shipping container onto the ocean carrier’s vessel. With up to 20% of TEUs shipped with an incorrect weight, the SOLAS Container Weight Verification was necessary.
The SOLAS VGM compliance was introduced to increase the safety of container vessels, improve vessel stability, reduce the incidence of collapsing container stacks and avoid potential environmental damage. The VGM Weight Verification (Verified Gross Mass) regulation helps ensures an accurate gross weight of packed ocean freight containers so that cargo ship and terminal operators can put together vessel loading and stowage plans prior to loading shipping containers on ships. VGM Weight Verification means that the weight obtained must be signed by an authorized party. This signature may be digital and the transmission of the weight and related information may be electronic.
As a leader in logistics compliance, Freightgate’s SOLAS VGM Solution makes it easy and simple for all international shippers including NetSuite ERP users to maintain regulatory compliance. To learn more about Freightgate’s Logistics Cloud Solutions and how we can help you with SOLAS VGM Compliance schedule a free consultation today.