June 9, 2016

SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea): Changes Impacting Household Goods Sea Shipments

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SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea): Changes Impacting Household Goods Sea Shipments

If your relocation program includes household goods shipments, then you’ll want to read our latest Cartus Mobility Insights on the upcoming changes to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) regulations. Officially being introduced on 1 July 2016, our new Mobility Insights looks at the possible impact the changes may have on relocation programs and international assignees.

What are the changes?

From 1 July, household goods companies that deliver to ports must provide the verified gross mass (VGM) of a packed container. This follows shipping accidents and sinking ships that have involved containers with incorrect weight declarations. The new regulations have been introduced by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a United Nations agency responsible for the safety and security of global shipping.

How will this impact you and your assignees?

Although it’s difficult to ascertain the exact impact these changes will have on organizations and their assignees, we do expect some initial delays at ports as they get used to having to weigh containers. Shipping companies will also need additional time to check that the supplied VGM meets requirements. Those that fail to meet SOLAS standards will not be allowed to board, which may cause further delays.  

We do not anticipate that the new rules will impact shipments originating from the U.S. or Canada, as containers are already weighed using certified scales.

Impact on relocation going forward

With the help and expertise of our freight forwarder network, we will continue to monitor the impact that the new SOLAS regulations have on household goods shipments. Should you have any queries regarding your own relocation program, please contact your Cartus representative.

For more information, download the Cartus Mobility Insights or view our Resource Page for guidance on other aspects of international relocation.

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