One week after the implementation of the new SOLAS regulation ‘Verified Gross Mass’ (VGM), MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company confirms an outstanding early experience of compliance rates by shippers.
MSC France, which covers seven ports in the French Metropolitan area, saw a 100% verified record on all its initial sailings under the new jurisdiction.
Of 627 containers loaded on 1st July, every single one was found to be fully VGM ready and compliant.
In the days immediately after VGM coming into effect – from 2nd until 6th July – a total of 2,891 containers were loaded by MSC France, and every one of these was VGM compliant.
MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company also identifies a high statistic of customers uploading VGM through their designated portal, myMSC.com, as opposed to other reporting methods.
Philippe Lestrade, Managing Director of MSC France, said: “We are really pleased with our early record for VGM compliance, and encouraged that clearly our customers have responded well to our communications about the impending regulation.
“This is a challenging time for the industry and our expectation was that perhaps we would see rates of anywhere between 50 and 80% compliance on initial sailings – so this is a superb result.”
Mr Lestrade added: “VGM brings clarity for all parties in the supply chain and ensures improvement in safety, as well as better efficiency around handling of containers and release of cargo.
“We have been working hard to support our customers with the implementation of SOLAS VGM, investing in our eCommerce, which allows customers to have an easy method of communicating their ‘VGM’ to MSC.”
For more information about how MSC is helping customers with the implementation, please visit our VGM page.
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MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. is a privately owned global shipping company founded in 1970 by Gianluigi Aponte. As one of the world’s leading container shipping lines, MSC operates 480 offices across 150 countries worldwide with over 24,000 employees. With access to an integrated network of road, rail and sea transport resources which stretches across the globe, the company prides itself on delivering global service with local knowledge. MSC’s shipping line sails on more than 200 trade routes, calling at over 315 ports.