Strong language is often needed to advocate for a position, but now that progress is being made on container weight verification, people should choose their words more carefully.
The Water Resources Development Act of 2016 puts reauthorization for water infrastructure projects back on a regular two-year cycle, if the full House and Senate vote on it.
In a letter to the Federal Maritime Commission, the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America urged acceptance of an agreement between carriers and six U.S. ports, but noted that shippers shouldn't bear the cost of the regulation.
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Meanwhile, the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission is calling for carriers and shippers to work together to find a solution so exports are not left on the docks for lack of verified gross mass documentation come July 1.
However, the International Maritime Organization's Maritime Safety Committee said there should be no delay in the implementation of the verified gross mass rule.
The OCEMA working group published recommendations for how and when shippers should submit SOLAS container weight verification data ahead of the July 1 implementation deadline.