The United States and any other country that is party to SOLAS can delay implementation of the International Maritime Organization’s controversial container weight rule by up to a year, a fact bound to increase pressure on the U.S. Coast Guard to extend the deadline past July 1 to avoid potential trade disruption.
International Transportation Regulations
11 Feb 2016
Fitch Ratings is warning that the new International Maritime Organization’s Safety of Life at Sea container weight mandate is poised to slow cargo throughput at U.S. ports as carriers, shippers and terminal operators grapple with rule set to take effect July. 1.
10 Feb 2016
In an indication of the range of issues that remain to be resolved in the U.S. before the SOLAS container weight rule takes effect in July, a public meeting of U.S. federal agencies, carriers, terminals and shippers (and media) will meet later this month in Washington under the auspices of the Federal Maritime Commission.
10 Feb 2016
Maritime NZ, New Zealand’s maritime authority, is seeking stakeholder comments until March 11 on draft guidelines for compliance with the International Maritime Organization’s Safety of Life at Sea verified gross mass amendment.
09 Feb 2016
The Agriculture Transportation Coalition said a new international container weight verification rule threatens U.S. exporters with lost business and supply chain “turmoil,” and warrants a congressional inquiry.
08 Feb 2016
Container lines, at least in the U.S., are starting to take forceful action to prepare for the Safety of Life at Sea, or SOLAS, weight verification rule.
05 Feb 2016
Indonesia is expected to continue to disallow majority foreign ownership of its ports when it releases a revised version of its list of limits on foreign participation in the economy due to be issued in the coming week.
04 Feb 2016
The Indian federal government on Wednesday approved a proposal allowing the Ministry of Railways to set up joint ventures with various state government agencies for the development of rail infrastructure projects in the country.
03 Feb 2016
The SOLAS requirement that all packed containers must have a verified gross mass (VGM) before being loaded from July 1 sounds reasonable and straight forward, but parties within the export supply chain of a container are finding that compliance will depend on a sharp revamp of their internal processes.
02 Feb 2016
E-commerce ocean freight booking service Inttra, container lines and forwarders are working to create processes for a new type of form that will allow shippers to electronically send the verified gross mass of their container shipments to carriers in an attempt to eliminate a potentially huge bottleneck to trade once a new global container weight requirement takes effect in July.
29 Jan 2016
The main ports of China’s Yangtze River Delta will introduce compulsory emissions reduction requirements from April 1 this year with non-compliant ships potentially facing fines of up to $15,000 under national air pollution laws.
26 Jan 2016
When a container without a signed weight declaration shows up at a marine terminal as of July 1, when a new SOLAS rule takes effect, what happens next? Will the terminal allow the container in, hoping that the weight will arrive in time for the container to be handled and loaded without having to be pulled aside? Or does the terminal avoid the risk, telling the carrier and its customer that containers without the Verified Gross Mass won’t be allowed in under any circumstances?