Check-Weighing at Terminal Reveals Industry Non-Compliance

RECENTLY Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) at Webb Dock has started check weighing export containers received against the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) provided by shippers and forwarders in 1-stop.

The data suggests that non-compliance is alarmingly high with an average of 20% of export boxes mis-declared by a variance of 500kgs, while more than 8% of boxes were mis-declared by more than a tonne.

Notably, mis-declaration of import containers is worse, with over 40% mis-declared by a variance of 500kg and over 11% with a variance of over a tonne.

In the future, VICT will be introducing a ‘variance fee’ on mis-declared boxes, where a discrepancy is in excess of a tonne. Serial offenders may be referred to AMSA, where a breach is considered a strict liability offence.

Shippers are encouraged to immediately review their VGM processes.

Please see the following resources for more information on VGM

SOLAS VGM FOR LCL CARGO
VERIFIED GROSS MASS REGULATIONS
VGM FACTSHEET

Alternatively, please feel free to contact your local Seabridge representative on 1800 727 195. It is crucial that the information provided to us regarding VGM is accurate so we will be more than happy to guide you through the requirements of the SOLAS regulations.

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