SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwired - September 27, 2016) - CargoSmart Limited, a global shipment management software solutions provider that leverages big data for greater visibility and benchmarking, today announced that SGS China and CargoSmart have teamed up to provide solutions for shippers to meet the new Safety of Life at Sea Convention's Verified Gross Mass (SOLAS VGM) container weight requirements. The alliance allows shippers to use trusted solutions from both companies to follow standard and efficient weighing procedures and to collect and submit the required information to ocean carriers in a timely manner to comply with VGM requirements.
SGS is the world's leading inspection, verification, testing, and certification company. SGS helps manufacturers around the globe establish standardized procedures and performs on-site inspections and assessments to verify the weighing process of how VGM data is generated. "The alliance allows our customers to achieve VGM compliance worldwide from cargo weighing through electronic filing," said Aaron Wang, national marketing manager of SGS China. "Shippers and weighing service providers can collaborate to submit VGM information online to multiple carriers through CargoSmart's platform smoothly and easily."
After the new regulation went into effect on July 1, 2016, the industry has followed a three-month practical and pragmatic approach to enforcing the regulation. To date, over 30,000 logistics professionals have submitted VGMs through CargoSmart to comply with the new SOLAS regulation. CargoSmart's VGM solutions let shippers collect and submit VGM information to ocean carriers through online, EDI, and mobile channels. In addition, shippers can monitor the VGM submission status through online dashboards and alerts to ensure timely submission.
"We are pleased to have SGS China join our alliance network to enable shippers and weighing service providers to elevate their weighing processes with standard procedures and certified equipment to ensure VGM accuracy," said Lionel Louie, chief commercial officer of CargoSmart. "The cooperation between CargoSmart and SGS China delivers a complementary set of solutions for shippers to achieve a high level of compliance."
SGS is the world's leading inspection, verification, testing, and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 85,000 employees, SGS operates a network of more than 1,800 offices and laboratories around the world. To learn more, visit: www.sgsgroup.com.cn.
CargoSmart Limited provides global shipment management software solutions that enable shippers, consignees, logistics service providers, NVOCCs, and ocean carriers to improve planning and on-time deliveries. With a growing network of container carriers and terminals, CargoSmart leverages big data sources and a cloud-based platform to offer award-winning sailing schedules, visibility, documentation, contract management, compliance, and benchmarking solutions. Launched in 2000, CargoSmart has helped over 160,000 transportation and logistics professionals to increase delivery reliability, lower transportation costs, and streamline operations. For more information, please visit www.cargosmart.com.