An American Shipper poll of shippers and forwarders revealed that nearly 90 percent believe at least some cargo will be delayed by the verified gross mass rule that went into effect globally today.
The United States Senate also confirmed the reappointment of Federal Maritime Commissioners Rebecca F. Dye and Michael A. Khouri, whose terms will now last until 2020 and 2021, respectively.
Meanwhile, the Agriculture Transportation Coalition is asking the Federal Maritime Commission to step forward and discourage carriers and terminals from imposing fees for verified gross mass compliance in the United States.
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INTTRA has secured commitments from five of the top seven global forwarders for its eVGM product, which allows container weight verification data to be transmitted electronically to carriers.
The freight forwarding arm of Danish shipping conglomerate AP Moller Maersk said it will provide weighing and data transmission services to help shippers comply with new SOLAS verified gross mass requirements.
Due to the deterioration of container freight rates and the subsequent drop in carrier financial results, analysts with Drewry Maritime Equity Research foresee a possible combination of Korean and Japanese carriers.