Kewill, a provider of software for supply chain execution, has teamed with INTTRA, an ocean shipping electronic marketplace, to introduce freight forwarding software capable of helping shippers and forwarders comply with the new SOLAS Container Weight Verification requirement set to take effect on July 1, 2016.
By combining Kewill Global Forwarding and INTTRA’s eVGM Solution, shippers and forwarders will be able to validate the verified gross mass (VGM) of their containers and transmit that data electronically to their carriers.
The International Maritime Organization's new container weight regulations are meant to help vessel operators and terminals ensure ships are properly balanced in weight. It requires all containers to be weighed and verified before being loaded onto a vessel. The Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association (OCEMA), an association of 18 major carriers, has reaffirmed the IMO rule.
The new solution can help companies:
• Submit and access SOLAS-compliant VGM measurements required by carriers under the new regulations.
• Lower costs by automating processes and reporting/documentation capabilities. • Shipments can be managed across any mode on a local, national or global scale.
• Obtain end-to-end visibility across all shipments for customers and connect with global carriers and customs authorities for full collaboration.
• Stay up-to-date on changing customs and compliance regulations around the world.