APL Logistics selects INTTRA’s eVGM Service for New Container Weights
Aug 11, 2016: APL Logistics is using INTTRA as a cost-effective channel for Verified Gross Mass (VGM) information submission to ocean carriers. This facilitates compliance with the International Maritime Organization’s Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) VGM amendment, which mandates that only containers with a verified gross mass – or certified weight – can be cleared to be loaded onto ships.
The INTTRA eVGM Service provides freight forwarders and shippers with the benefit of using one connection to submit standardized VGMs to multiple carriers. In addition, the INTTRA eVGM Service maximizes flexibility by facilitating VGM submission under multiple weighing and container packing scenarios via a range of methods, including EDI, XML, INTTRA’s web user interface, mobile device and email.
At the same time, INTTRA eVGM requires no changes to the process of booking containers or providing shipping instructions. “APL Logistics is our long-standing customer and is a leader in logistics solutions that leverage technology to optimize customers’ supply chains,” said John Vitkus, INTTRA’s Vice President of Sales in Asia.
“SOLAS VGM has added a new requirement to the supply chain, and we are pleased that APL Logistics selected INTTRA to provide a powerful, flexible solution that streamlines the VGM submission process across multiple formats and devices.” “We have taken several steps to proactively prepare for SOLAS VGM. This includes building up manpower and putting in step-by-step processes to ensure VGM compliance. The INTTRA eVGMService incorporated into our solutions toolkit is expected to further improve VGM submission speed and convenience to customers,” said Danny Goh, APL Logistics’ Chief Operations Officer.