FIATA, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Association, is calling for enhanced communication from container shipping l ines ahead of the deadline by which new IMO regulations
requiring verification of a freight container’s gross mass become mandatory.
The non-governmental organisation, which represents an industry covering approximately 40,000 forwarding and logistics companies is calling on shipping lines to provide greater clarity on how they wish to receive the data concerning the Verified Gross Mass of a container when the amendment to
SOLAS becomes effective on 1st July 2016.
At a recent meeting in Cape Town, the FIATA Working Group Sea Transport joined with South African fruit exporters and the South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) in a
work-shop to examine the changes to SOLAS and the effect on the supply chain.
Among the difficulties anticipated in July, all present were concerned at the lack of information being provided by the shipping lines on how they wish to receive the VGM data.
Working Group Chairman, Jens Roemer, said: “It is clear from FIATA Member feedback that many countries are getting prepared for the forthcoming changes but there is an alarming lack of information from the shipping lines on how they will receive the VGM. FIATA urges shipping lines to communicate with the trade so that preparations for July 1st can be finalised.”
Hans Günther Kersten, Director General
FIATA, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations, was founded in Vienna, Austria on May 31st 1926. It is a non-governmental organisation that today represents an industry covering approximately 40,000 forwarding and logistics firms, employing around 10 million people in some 160 countries. FIATA has consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (inter alia ECE, ESCAP, ESCWA, etc.), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) as well as many other UN related bodies, e.g. the World Bank. It is recognised as representing the freight forwarding industry by many other governmental organisations, governmental authorities, private international organisations in the field of transport and logistics, such as the European Commission (through CLECAT), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the International Union of Railways (UIC), the International Road Transport Union (IRU), the World Customs Organization (WCO), the World Trade Organization (WTO), etc.
For further information, please go to: www.fiata.com
Glattbrugg, 23 February 2016