AMSA to Implement Compliance Checks for VGM

September 16, 2016

Seabridge Global Logistics News

THE Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has so far, not conducted any major compliance activity since the implementation of the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) legislative provisions on 1 July 2016.

AMSA has informed the Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) that compliance activity will immediately escalate with a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC).

Indicators of falsehoods and inaccuracies will be identified in Verified Gross Mass (VGM) declarations, as well as the possibility of future check weighing, sample weighing and upstream auditing.

Seabridge relies on information submitted by our clients to be accurate in order to submit correct VGM’s. It is important that weight details for cargo are precise across all stages of the supply chain in order to guarantee accurate weight declarations and to avoid compliance penalties. Accurate weight declarations will also help avoid unforeseen delays and charges.

Please contact a Seabridge export specialist today on 1800 727 195 if you have any further questions about the VGM or sea freight.