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New consolidation service for hazardous goods departing from Shanghai - 11/07/2016

New consolidation service for hazardous goods departing from Shanghai

Centrimex is pleased to inform you of the new consolidation service for hazardous goods departing from the port of Shanghai. To boost its resources and capacity, Centrimex Shanghai now has a goods storage area of more than 20,000m2 at its disposal.

In order to be best able to meet its clients’ needs, Centrimex’s teams offer container stuffing, in addition to the packaging and labelling of goods. The service is available departing from Shanghai but also departing from China's main ports such as Tianjin, Quingdao, Guangzou, Zhangjiang and Chongqing. Requests for quotations will be processed on a case-by-case basis in order to be able to offer clients the best solution for them (please note that all enquiries should be sent to the Centrimex agency in Rouen). The consolidation of different kinds of hazardous goods is naturally subject to the acceptance of the selected shipping company.

For information, Centrimex also operates departures from the whole of China for miscellaneous and custom consolidation services.


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The weighing of shipping containers and the SOLAS programme - 15/06/2016

The weighing of shipping containers and the SOLAS programme

From July 2016 onwards, shippers will be required to weigh and declare the gross mass of their containers before these are transferred to the ship owner at the departure terminal under the terms of the new version of the international SOLAS Convention (Safety of Life at Sea). The requirements of the SOLAS Convention concerning container weight verification will therefore apply from this summer.

Full containers will only be accepted for loading onto ships to which the SOLAS Convention applies on condition that their Verified Gross Mass has been supplied to the captain of the ship or his representative and to the terminal or its representative. The shippers are also obliged to carry out the weighing of all shipping containers before these are transferred to the ship owner. The shipper therefore has responsibility for establishing the Verified Gross Mass and declaring this to the ocean carrier. This information must be supplied sufficiently far in advance to allow for the preparation of the loading plan.

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) proposes two methods, both certified as compliant, for declaring the Verified Gross Mass (VGM). According to the regulations, one of the two approved methods must be used to declare the gross weight:

Download Template Document Shipment Declaration for Full containers (FCL)
Download Template Document Shipment Declaration for Full container (FCL)
Téléchargez un modèle type de déclaration d'expédition pour marchandises (Groupage - LCL)
Download Template Document Shipment Declaration for Goods (Consolidation - LCL)
The actual weight of the container including the tare weight when the merchandise is packed.
The weight of all the merchandise including the packaging and the tare weight of the container.


In this second case, the weighing method must be approved by the state in which the container was filled. Identical for all member states, the procedure involves weighing the merchandise, the packaging and the items present in the container or obtaining this information from the manufacturers then adding the tare weight when empty, as indicated on the container door. The decree provides for a tolerance of ±5% in the French ports between the declared mass of the container and its true mass. There is no obligation to have the methods certified but in the event of an inspection or of an incorrect declaration, particularly following an accident or incident, the shipper must present evidence to justify his calculations. For further information, please consult the FAQ concerning container weight published by the World Shipping Council.


>> FAQ published by the World Shipping Council.

Newsletter Centrimex May 2016 - 31/05/2016

Newsletter Centrimex May 2016

Since the dawn of the 21st century, the theme of collaborative logistics has been a popular subject at the Supply Chain shows in Paris. This often concerns concepts lacking operational implementation and sometimes also concrete solutions. In the case of the new SOLAS Convention which includes the weighing of containers, it concerns mostly land-to-sea solution. Faced with new responsibilities now incumbent upon container shippers, cooperation between the various players in the logistics chain is of the utmost important.

According to the method used to determine the container weight and the type of service involved (full FCL container, custom container, groupage service, etc.) it is essential that the various participants in the export process, contractors, suppliers or shipping sites, transport organisers and owner-operators introduce a reliable and coherent communication system in compliance with the regulations and its tolerance limits.

Fully aware of the risks and challenges these new restrictions entail for their clients, CENTRIMEX’s teams will ensure a high degree of vigilance and transparency for the implementation of the SOLAS Convention in the summer of 2016.


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