As it has been reported over the last several months, the SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) Weight Verification Requirement, VGM (verified gross mass), goes into effect on July 1, 2016. This is an important safety requirement designed to reduce casualties associated with misdeclared container weights.
CaroTrans will implement the following processes and fees for all LCL and FCL export cargo to ensure compliance and supply chain integrity.
Shippers are responsible for submitting a certified VGM for each shipment. CaroTrans is responsible for obtaining, verifying, and submitting the total VGM of each consolidated container to the ocean carriers. Therefore, we will weigh all LCL export cargo at the loading gateway CFS to verify VGM certificates supplied by shippers.
A VGM processing fee of $15 per shipment will be applied.
If cargo weighed by CaroTrans has a VGM outside the predetermined tolerance level or if a customer is unable to provide a certified VGM, a weigh and inspection (W&I) fee of $25 per shipment will be applied.
Since CaroTrans is not involved with the loading of the container, the shipper is responsible for supplying a certified VGM before the posted terminal cutoff. CaroTrans is responsible for submitting the container VGM to carriers and shall apply a VGM processing fee of $15 per container.
If a certified VGM cannot be provided, Carotrans can assist and will apply a VGM processing fee of $15 per container plus all additional charges associated with verifying the container weight including but not limited to weight ticket, additional drayage, demurrage, detention, waiting time, repositioning, etc.
Shippers may submit their VGM to CaroTrans in the following ways:
Email: VGM certified and signed (or electronic signature) can be sent via email to your Carotrans customer service representative by the posted cutoff date.
Online: Submission of VGM via our Web portal by the posted cut-off date.
CaroTrans is investing in equipment, personnel and systems to ensure that the necessary checks and balances are in place to keep your freight moving reliably throughout the world. .
Changes and updates to the VGM requirement are ongoing and we will keep you informed of updates as they occur.
CaroTrans Strengthens U.S. – Thailand Service Network with LEO Global Logistics Group Alliance
– Cooperation includes 5 direct, weekly LCL/FCL service options –
Clark, New Jersey, June 6, 2016 – CaroTrans, a leading global NVOCC (non-vessel operating common carrier) and ocean freight consolidator, today announces a significant partnership with market leader LEO Global Logistics Group in Thailand. LEO Global Logistics Group is an established, well-respected NVOCC with a professional team of 350 located in 3 offices in Thailand, and another in Myanmar. This cooperation includes a dedicated LEO group that’s predominantly devoted to supporting U.S. Trade.
The CaroTrans-LEO partnership delivers a broad scope of direct, weekly U.S.-Thailand LCL and FCL services including:
Import: Bangkok to Los Angeles and New York
Export: Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York to Bangkok
This alliance is particularly strong due to the fact that CaroTrans and LEO in many ways share common company cultures. Both NVOs are committed to contributing to educational and social programs that support the communities where they do business. These
corporate social responsibility programs include: CaroTrans’ support of Duffy Books in Homes, a non-profit organization that provides children in need with access to books to increase their reading literacy so they can communicate and thrive as adults. LEO supports various giving programs including My School Project which involves raising funds to support children’s learning. School materials are financed and LEO personnel donate their time to repair school buildings and create a more constructive environment for learning. In addition, these companies also invest in corporate training programs to build professional, knowledgeable teams.
“This simpatico business relationship with LEO creates an extremely solid team devoted to the highest level of LCL and FCL ocean transportation services that support the efficiency and reliability of global supply chains. Our similar cultures provide a common vision which is to put our customers in the center of everything we do,” said Greg Howard, CaroTrans, CEO.
“By joining forces with CaroTrans, we have formed a winning team of like-minded professionals committed to industry-leading service, resources and support. Together, we’re dedicated to providing transportation solutions and logistics support that addresses their customers’ needs for reliable, efficient services,” said Kettivit, CEO of LEO Global Logistics Group.
Established in 1979, CaroTrans International is one of the world’s leading NVOCCs providing global LCL (less-than container load) and FCL (full container load) services. CaroTrans has a network of offices in Asia, Europe, South America, Oceania, and the United States, along with strong local partners, to offer a global reach that is truly unique.
The CaroTrans suite of Web-based and EDI-enabled e-commerce tools include booking, ocean and inland rates, sailing schedules, and tracking. They are an essential part of CaroTrans’ commitment to delivering faster, more efficient freight management solutions. For import shipments, CaroTrans Online Freight Release solution provides logistics service providers with direct control of the release of their customers’ cargo.
CaroTrans is a people driven company with dedicated and knowledgeable team members who engage customers with passion and experience on a local level.
For additional information, visit: www.carotrans.com
CTPAT Validation Update (16-March-11) “If your company is already C-TPAT certified and you wish to verify our participant status on US Customs – Status Verification Interfave – https://ctpat.cbp.dhs.gov/login.aspx Carotrans User ID (SVI number) is carCon04805