Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Freight Forwarders Guide to SOLAS Changes Affecting All in Container Freight Sector

FIATA Issues Toolkit to Cope with Mandatory Verification of Box Weights
Shipping News Feature

WORLDWIDE – At the recent FIATA Multimodal Transport Institute held in Taipei Chairman Robert Keen announced to delegates an initiative by the Working Group Sea to provide all FIATA Members with a comprehensive guide to the changes due in July 2016 when the verification of container weights becomes mandatory. As we have illustrated before these new regulations changing the SOLAS Convention (Safety of Life at Sea) and agreed at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in 2014 have major ramifications for anyone connected with container freight.

FIATA’s Working Group has come up with a toolkit, a guidance document covering the background to the changes and an overview of the new legislative requirements. There is a detailed analysis of various contractual scenarios when the forwarder transacts with shipping lines or with other parties and it concludes with a ‘next steps’ section giving advice to FIATA Members in dealing with stakeholders in their own countries.

FIATA Members can download the SOLAS guidance from the FIATA Document Delivery System (FDDS) in the General Information section. Robert Keen commented:

"I am grateful to Working Group Chair, Jens Roemer, and his advisors for their hard work and diligence in producing such a detailed repository of information on the changes to SOLAS. I believe the toolkit will enable each Association Member to prepare the global industry for the massive changes due next year"