CargoSmart Introduces Mobile App for SOLAS VGM Compliance

We are pleased to announce BoxSnap, a free app to easily collect and share container weight information through a smartphone to comply with the Safety of Life at Sea Convention’s Verified Gross Mass requirements (SOLAS VGM). The mobile app simplifies and expedites the process for shippers, truckers and cargo weighing parties to obtain VGM information and submit it to their ocean carriers to comply and minimize the risk of held cargo or penalties. Leveraging optical character recognition (OCR) technology, truckers and cargo weighing parties can take a photo of a container, check the captured container number and tare weight, and share it with the parties responsible for filing the VGM.

Nearly 500 people have downloaded BoxSnap since CargoSmart began testing the app in June. Naouri Group, a Jordan-based NVOCC with container weighing services in the Middle East and North Africa, adopted CargoSmart’s VGM solutions to comply with the new regulation. “We have tested the new mobile app and find it to be a useful extension to CargoSmart’s platform to facilitate the VGM submission process,” said Kareem Naouri, chief operations officer of Naouri.

Read the full press release. Learn more and download BoxSnap.


SGS China and CargoSmart Sign Alliance Agreement in Hong Kong

SGS China and CargoSmart Alliance Agreement Signing Ceremony

We are pleased to announce that SGS China and CargoSmart signed an alliance agreement on September 27, 2016 to provide solutions for shippers to meet the new Safety of Life at Sea Convention’s Verified Gross Mass (SOLAS VGM) container weight requirements. The alliance allows shippers to use trusted solutions from both companies to follow standard and efficient weighing procedures and to collect and submit the required information to ocean carriers in a timely manner to comply with VGM requirements. The signing ceremony was held in Hong Kong.

Learn more about CargoSmart’s VGM Solutions.


SGS China and CargoSmart Form Alliance to Offer SOLAS VGM Solutions

We are pleased to announce that SGS China and CargoSmart have teamed up to provide solutions for shippers to meet the new Safety of Life at Sea Convention’s Verified Gross Mass (SOLAS VGM) container weight requirements. The alliance allows shippers to use trusted solutions from both companies to follow standard and efficient weighing procedures and to collect and submit the required information to ocean carriers in a timely manner to comply with VGM requirements.

 

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing, and certification company. SGS helps manufacturers around the globe establish standardized procedures and performs on-site inspections and assessments to verify the weighing process of how VGM data is generated.

“The alliance allows our customers to achieve VGM compliance worldwide from cargo weighing through electronic filing,” said Aaron Wang, national marketing manager of SGS China. “Shippers and weighing service providers can collaborate to submit VGM information online to multiple carriers through CargoSmart’s platform smoothly and easily.”

Read the full press release. Learn more about CargoSmart’s VGM Solutions.


Ningbo E-port Extends Cooperation with CargoSmart for SOLAS VGM Compliance

We are pleased to announce that Ningbo E-port has extended its cooperation with CargoSmart to meet the new container weight requirements for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention. Shippers and freight forwarders can now submit the verified gross mass (VGM) of their Port of Ningbo-Zhoushan export containers through Ningbo E-port’s platform at no additional charge. In addition, they will gain visibility to a dashboard with VGM submission deadlines and status for 30 ocean carriers and customs clearance to help ensure timely exports. Read More…


CargoSmart’s SOLAS VGM Platform is Ready!

CargoSmart’s VGM solution is now live! Submit the verified gross mass (VGM) to your carriers through CargoSmart’s platform to comply with the new Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention requirements that take effect on July 1. Log in at www.cargosmart.com to get started.

If you submit your booking requests or shipping instructions through CargoSmart, you can submit the corresponding VGMs to your carriers through CargoSmart at no charge. A standalone VGM submission package is also available for a charge. Contact solas@cargosmart.com for the pricing details.

To learn more about the new SOLAS regulation and CargoSmart’s VGM solutions, please visit CargoSmart’s SOLAS Resources page to help you prepare.