APMT offers box weighing services at select terminals
APM Terminals is in talks with local regulatory authorities to aim to provide Verified Gross Mass (VGM) Data Management capabilities in most terminals.
This hopes to ensure a smooth transition into the new regulatory environmental which if facing over 120m containers entering the international supply chain when IMO SOLAS VGM regulations come into force in under 50 days.
From 1 July 2016, under international law shippers will be required to provide VGM for every container before it can be loaded with the shipping line.
“Our first priority remains to ensure safe and efficient operations for the supply chain,” said Jack Craig, head of global operations at APMT.
He added: “It is crucial that these regulations are met in a way that does not create congestion bottlenecks that ultimately impose additional risk and cost for all stakeholders.”
Export containers which are received at APM Terminal facilities with a valid VGM will be accepted as per current local operational procedures.
The export containers which arrive at APM Terminal facilities without a valid VGM will be generally accepted, but as they are ineligible to load on a vessel, may be segregated and subject to additional re-handling and storage requirements.
APM Terminals will provide VGM Generation Services to supply chain partners at 29 locations globally, and the company aims to add further locations in the near future.
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