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Container Shipping Changes

Please be advised of the following announcement:

Effective July 1, 2016, any shipping container leaving from any port in the world must be accompanied by a shipping document signed either electronically or in hard copy by the shipper on the bill of lading, listing the verified gross mass of a container in order to be loaded onto a ship. The container weight mandate from the International Maritime Organization under the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) convention comes after miss-declared weights contributed to maritime casualties such as the breakup and subsequent beaching of the MSC Napoli on the southern U.K. coast in 2007 and the partial capsizing a feeder ship in the Spanish port of Algeciras in June, 2015.

The weighing must be done in one of two approved ways, called Method 1 and Method 2, on scales calibrated and certified to the national standards of the country where the weighing was performed. Many of the finer points of the new regulation have not yet been finalized, such as enforcement, and what happens to a container that arrives at a port without the necessary documentation or if the VGM (verified gross mass) declaration for a container turns out to be false or incorrect.

Method 1:
Take a loaded container over a weighbridge, subtract the weight of the truck, chassis, and fuel to get the weight of the packed container.

Method 2:
Weigh each item - Including its packaging, pallets, dunnage and other packaging and securing materials - going into the box. Add that sum to the weight of the container to find the weight of the packed container

Advance will keep all clients updated, when more details have been finalised.

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