May 26, 2016: Kuehne + Nagel, a leading global transportation and logistics company picks INTTRA, the world’s ocean shipping electronic marketplace as the exclusive provider of service to submit its VGM (Verified Gross Mass) information to ocean carriers and thus facilitate compliance with new container weights requirements.
As of July 1, only containers with a verified gross mass will be cleared to be loaded onto a ship under the International Maritime Organisation’s Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Verified Gross Mass (VGM) amendment.
The INTTRA eVGM Service, is designed to be the industry’s most efficient and flexible service for VGM compliance. The INTTRA eVGM Service maximises flexibility by facilitating VGM submission under multiple weighing and container packing scenarios without requiring changes to the process of booking containers or providing shipping instructions.
“Kuehne + Nagel has been consistently at the forefront of technology adoption and leveraging standardisation to improve operational excellence,” said Inna Kuznetsova, INTTRA’s president and chief operating officer.
“The INTTRA eVGM Service reflects how closely INTTRA has worked with the industry to understand and comprehensively address the technology needs created by SOLAS VGM,” said Otto Schacht, executive vice president, Sea Logistics, at Kuehne + Nagel. “Their solution gives us a broad range of options for submitting VGMs to our global ocean carrier partners. This solution in combination with Kuehne + Nagel’s own VGM customer portal will contribute to an efficient and reliable communication of VGM data from shipper to carrier.
INTTRA’s eVGM Service is available in two versions, for carriers and shippers. Users can transact in a range of EDI and Web service formats as well as by email.