U.S. Ports to offer container weighing services

The Port of Savannah will continue to weigh export containers and provide the verified gross mass (VGM) data to ocean carriers to help shippers comply with international maritime safety rules that go into effect July 1.

The Georgia Ports Authority made the announcement Thursday following the U.S. Coast Guard’s statement last week reiterating that existing federal and state laws requiring customers to provide carriers with the weight of their shipments are acceptable for complying with the amended Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) convention.

The S.C. Ports Authority has spelled out how it will use on-terminal scales to help shippers comply with new SOLAS rules for declaring the accurate weight of containers to their ocean carrier.  It will charge $25 to provide container weight verification on behalf of shippers at the Port of Charleston to comply with new international maritime safety regulations.


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