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Jul 27 2016

The introduction of new verified gross mass (VGM) international container-weighing rules on 1 July may not have caused much disruption but there are concerns that the ruling has not been fully and fairly implemented everywhere. There is still concern that the majority of IMO member countries haven't issued guidance or regulations yet - a concerned voiced by Jonathan Gold, vice president for supply chain and customs policy at the US-based National Retail Federation. Adding that there is little harmonisation. European shippers said they were being exposed to unfair charges by forwarders and lines as a result of the rules. These concerns were voiced by The Global Shippers Alliance (GSA), which represents the logistics interests of manufacturers, retailers and wholesalers from Asia, the European Union and the United States. GSA claimed that regulations and related investments that contributed to a safer and more secured supply chain were now being misused by some partners for their own benefit.

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