Modern Terminals has announced that its facilities in Taicang, near Shanghai, Dachan Bay in Shenzhen and Hong Kong are going to be providing container weighing services for shippers, ahead of the deadline for the SOLAS amendment on July 1, 2016, according to JOC.com.
Peter Levesque, COO of Modern Terminals, said: “We are pleased to be able to offer VGM [verified gross mass] services to our customers across out business units in Hong Kong and China, and we continue to work closely wth local government authorities to ensure a smooth and effective transition for customers in meeting SOLAS requirements.”
This news follows a recent PTI article that reported on China announcing it will start implementing random inspections on containers that are being exported from its ports.
With the majority of those questioned in a recent PTI poll stating that they are still confused with the new rule, the International Maritime Organisation has proposed that a three-month delay be given to shippers in order to make compliance much more practical and pragmatic.
This was followed by news that world-leading freight forwarder Kuehne + Nagel will be offering e-container weighing services through e-marketplace INTTRA.