Inna Kuznetsova, President and COO at global ocean shipping electronic marketplace INTTRA, offers her insight into the company's eVGM solution, which enables customers to seamlessly comply with Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Verified Gross Mass (VGM).
In the PTI exclusive video, Kuznetsova said: “I think the biggest victory that we can all celebrate as an industry is the fact that we're all digital. Today, carriers tell us over 90% of all VGMs are submitted digitally.
“We can talk about differences in levels of enforcement, we can talk about differences in different ports and terminals, and there are certain growth pains that the industry experiences adopting the new processes, but one thing is clear as the process gets adopted, it's the digital process and this is where I think the biggest change happened.”
The July 1, 2016 amendment to SOLAS regulation requires shippers to provide carriers with a verified gross mass (VGM) for each container before the stowage plan is submitted.
INTTRA’s eVGM for shippers features a SaaS web application submission providing simple work-flow based data entry forms.
The data flows into an eVGM repository, accessible to carriers and third parties such as weight station providers and terminals.
Kuznetsova, an esteemed business thought leader, is the keynote and session speaker at PTI's Terminal Automation & Training C-Level Networking Conference from April 19 – 20, 2017, in London, UK, and joins a growing list of professionals sharing their knowledge at the event: