Container Weighing Rule off to decent start – Complains about unfair practices in Africa and Asia

The Wall Street Journal reports that world ports operate as normal, after the implementation of Friday’s new container weighing rule. Shippers had feared delays, particular in Africa and Asia. The verify containers’weight prior to loading on vessels, has become mandatory on the 1 July 2016 for ports in a 170 countries. The rule was adopted by the United Nations’ International Maritime Organisation, that forms part of the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS).

However, shipper representatives have claimed that some freight forwarders and carriers in Africa and Asia, are using the recently implemented VGM (Verification of Gross Mass) regulations as a way to increase revenues. In South Africa, Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) has expressed satisfaction with industry readiness and reports business as usual.