The SOLAS Container Weight Verification Requirement Verified Gross Mass (VGM) - System readiness by UASC.
United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) announced that the following e-channels will be ready for receiving and processing the VGM information on/after 18 June, 2016.
This will allow customers to submit the VGM for cargo which is shipped before implementation effectiveness of 1 July, 2016.
UASC Online (for registered customers)
Direct EDI (between customer and UASC)
Third party portals (e.g. INTTRA, GT Nexus and CargoSmart)
Manual (via Email – non-preferred channel)
Additionally, to provide customers with the latest about the regulation, UASC has revamped its existing VGM webpage covering the following elements: VGM Video providing you with an overview of the regulation and what it entails, Customer Advisories, Customer FAQs, Submitting VGM, Obtaining tare weight online (for method 2) and Links to international regulations and industry FAQs.
As per IMO regulation, UASC will not be able to load any packed container without VGM certification post 1 July, 2016.