MARCH 30, 2016 — Container shipping giant MSC is partnering with ocean shipping electronic marketplace INTTRA to introduce a customer-friendly solution to new container weight safety regulations.
Under the agreement, MSC will use INTTRA's eVGM software as a channel for receiving verified gross mass (VGM) submissions from shippers.
As of July 1, under a new SOLAS requirement, no container will be cleared to be loaded onto a ship until the shipper or its designee provides a verified weight to the carrier.
Fabio Catassi, Chief Technology Officer of MSC, says that INTTRA's eVGM tool will "make it as easy as possible for our clients to submit VGMs digitally."
"We believe this tool will help minimize potential disruption to our customers' shipments and additional costs associated with terminal storage or transportation," adds Mr. Catassi.
MSC has also joined INTTRA's eVGM Initiative - a non-commercial group of over a dozen leading carriers, freight forwarders, and terminals. INTTRA launched the initiative to express a preference for digital transmission of VGM and establish common technology and business process standards for it across the industry.
Common standards for VGM submission are seen as essential to the industry's efforts to reduce the cost and disruption resulting from the implementation of the new amendment. MSC is joining the eVGM Initiative to share its expertise and help the shipping community continuously refine eVGM messaging standards.
"We are happy to partner with MSC in globally adopting INTTRA's eVGM for Carriers platform, and we appreciate that they are adding their expertise to the eVGM Initiative," said INTTRA CEO John Fay. "MSC is taking a strategic step to embrace our eVGM solution on a large scale and is an early leader in using technology to resolve the changes that SOLAS VGM has created for the industry.
"INTTRA's eVGM software is available in two versions, for Carriers and Shippers. It offers the benefits of a standardized approach, a high level of flexibility and reporting capabilities. It can also facilitate transmission of VGMs from carriers to terminals - another step required before a container can be loaded - and provide the necessary audit reporting.
INTTRA eVGM for Shippers enables timely submission of VGMs to carriers, whether or not shippers book containers or submit shipping instructions through INTTRA. Both solutions will be offered in a range of EDI and Web service formats, and accommodate eVGM submission via email.