Global Terminal Joins Other NY Ports in Providing Weights for SOLAS Compliance

Global Terminal (also known as GCT Bayonne) is following the same process as other NYC terminals, weighing export containers at ingate and sending the VGM to the carriers, according to port information.

Steamship lines have agreed to use the container weight provided by terminals at the ports as the Verified Gross Mass (VGM),  required to be provided under the International Maritime Organization SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) regulation effective July 1st.

All six (6) terminals in the Port of New York / New Jersey will be able to supply VGM to the carriers on the July 1st deadline.   If the VGM is not already on record with the carrier at the time containers arrive at the port, the terminals will send an EDI message with the VGM to the carrier. This information shall be in the carrier system within a short transmission time,  such as 90 minutes.  No additional action will be required of the shipper.  Many terminals have announced that they will not be charging to supply the VGM to the carriers.  The New York Container Terminal Tariff allows for a charge up to $10 for this service.  Currently, all terminals in the US will receive a container even if the VGM is not on record with the carrier. NO VGM – NO GATE is not applicable.

The terminals at the Port of NY/NJ are NOT equipped to provide weight for intermodal containers arriving by rail.   The railroads will not be weighing containers as they do not consider the SOLAS regulations to be their issue.  VGM must be supplied directly to the carriers or shipper will face additional costs for manual scale weighing at the port.  Many carriers are requiring VGM to be submitted within a specific time window of being gated in to the terminal.   J\

The Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association (OCEMA), representing 19 ocean carriers,  issued a revised Best Practices for the acceptance and transmission of the VGM on June 28th which can be found at the OCEMA website:http://www.ocema.org/docs/OCEMA%20Best%20Practice%20with%20Terminal%20Weighing%20Approach.pdf

If you have any questions regarding the SOLAS regulations, please contact  RCL Agencies at 973-779-5900.