September 12, 2016 – Over the past two months, implementation of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) Verified Gross Mass (VGM) requirements has been smooth overall for most shippers and forwarders.
For U.S. exports, we have seen carriers implement some new fees associated with VGM requirements, depending on the line and the type and timeliness of submission. Costs have also increased for exporters utilizing third party weighing services. For U.S. imports, we are beginning to see a mirroring of the U.S. export fee structure – steamship lines assessing VGM fees on a per BL or per container basis, as well as added costs for third party weighing services overseas, if incurred.
CVI is working with customers and overseas partners to ensure transparency with all fees associated with SOLAS VGM.