The Verified Gross Mass (VGM) is a fairly new concept introduced in the maritime industry. Container weight verification has now become a global requirement. A new amendment was brought into force by IMO and introduced in SOLAS (Safety Of Life At Sea) regulation VI/2, adopted by resolution MSC.380(94) which became effective on the 1st of July, 2016 that covers container weight regulations.
New HOS tweaks top the list of regulatory changes heading into 2020. Carriers say flexibility is key to effective industry regulation covering the niche sectors that make up this dominant, $700 billion industry.
The emergence of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) has taken the world by storm. From negatively affecting the stock market to slowing the distribution of goods around the global network, the seriousness of the virus is a major factor for the shape of today's economic status. It's amazing how quickly the outbreak has impacted not only the lives of the infected but also the economy. Want to learn more? Check out our blog.
US Customs and Border Protection agency is unable to connect to the NY State DMV and clear NY titled vehicles for export. The reason is political and is tied to inability of the DMV (NY State) and US Customs office (Federal Government) to share information between the two systems. The NY State is trying to protect the identity of illegal immigrants with NY State driver licenses and no longer shares access to its database with any Federal agencies.
When shipping your vehicles in containers overseas, you may sometimes find that your shipping route has a transshipment along the way. A transshipment is when your container is moved from one shipping vessel to another while in transit to its destination overseas. It helps to understand how a transshipment works, and why it can sometimes increase the transit times.