Carriers and freight forwarders have come under scrutiny after shippers have claimed that they are using the VGM regulations to increase revenue, according to The Loadstar.
The Global Shippers Forum (GSF) was reported as saying that shippers are being charged for various fees with regards to VGM processes.
A GSF statement said: “Regrettably, GSF members, mainly in Asia and Africa, report that some carriers and other ‘service providers’ appear to be exploiting the introduction of the new VGM rules by imposing exorbitant and unjustified charges for questionable and unspecified ‘administration fees’ and other ‘services’.”
PTI previously reported that APM Terminals had successfully implemented measures to achieve a smooth transition into the new container weighing regulation.
The International Maritime Organization’s Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) amendment came into force on July 1, 2016.
Leading spreader manufacturer Bromma was recently reported as receiving container weighing certification, with a number of terminal operators globally implementing container weighing services at their terminals.