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Industry News from BIFA

  • Container lines report 95% VGM compliance rate

    In a briefing to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) earlier this month, the World Shipping Council (WSC) said the compliance rate experienced by its member companies had steadily increased since the 1 July implementation, with a high degree of awareness among supply chain parties, although there were still some challenges around the world.

    The WSC told an IMO sub-committee that the 1 July entry into force of the requirements for packed containers to have a verified gross mass (VGM) as a condition for loading aboard ship had occurred “without any appreciable disruptions to international containerised supply chains”, adding: “WSC Member companies report that a very significant number of packed containers − 95% or more − are being accompanied by VGMs prior to initial vessel loading. This percentage has steadily increased since 1 July, and we expect compliance rates to continue to rise.”

    It added: “There is already a high degree of awareness amongst supply chain parties about the VGM requirements, and carriers are systematically engaging shippers who still are not providing VGMs.”

    The WSC said it was too soon to assess the accuracy of the VGM information provided, although carriers “already are using various tools to pursue VGMs that manifestly are incorrect”.

    WSC said one continuing challenge was the updating of terminal operating systems and terminals’ ability to communicate VGM information to maritime carriers, “including providing final load lists using the BAPLIE 2.2 format”. It added: “Carriers have identified the BAPLIE 2.2 as an industry best practice to demonstrate compliance with the requirement to obtain a VGM before loading packed containers aboard ship to port state control authorities.” |CLECAT 2016 |Issue 35 |2016 5

    It said some terminals’ inability to provide final load lists using this BAPLE 2.2 format required carriers to identify and use workarounds to ensure that the shipboard computers have pertinent VGM information. “We expect that this will only be a temporary situation,” WSC added.

    However, another challenge continues to be compliance with individual IMO Member governments’ VGM documentation requirements, WSC noted. “While it is fully understood that implementation and enforcement of the SOLAS VGM provisions is the prerogative of the individual port and flag states, it is to be hoped that Administrations will show understanding for the fact that the maritime industry as a truly global industry will be aided by implementation schemes that remain as close to the IMO Guidelines as possible and not impose excessive additional documentation requirements such as the capturing of signatures in paper format,” the WSC added.

    WSC said the IMO’s call for “a practical and pragmatic approach” when verifying compliance in the first three months has been helpful for avoiding major disruptions of international containerized maritime traffic during the implementation phase-in. “At the same time, the high rates of compliance observed to date demonstrate that the VGM requirements are practical and attainable,” it added.

    The WSC noted that this three-month period of light-touch or “pragmatic” enforcement would expire by the end of September, and requested continued understanding from regulators.

    “From October 1 onwards, we encourage an understanding by regulators and enforcers that the industry has been, and is, working diligently and cooperatively towards the end goal of having all packed containers accompanied by VGMs,” the WSC said. “A small residual number of exception cases should not detract from the fact that the overwhelmingly majority of packed containers are already in compliance with these important safety requirements.”

    Source: Lloyd's Loading List

  • Congestion at the Port of Felixstowe

    BIFA is also aware that the return of container deposits (£2000 per container) that the Port undertook to repay in seven working days has suffered unacceptable delays and we have raised this matter with the CEO today.

    FPUA Message follows

    There is no doubt that every Port User is painfully aware of the present service issues at the Port and my Council colleagues and I have been in dialogue with the Port’s most senior management over the issue.

    Essentially, recent events such as regular off slot vessels; an imbalance between inbound and outbound container flow; and limited capability to flex labour to meet demand during the holiday period, have all conspired to the point where the Port’s container storage yards are over-full, leading to a dramatic drop in service levels.

    Unprecedented traffic levels

    The Port’s container yards are at the core of what the port does; supporting quayside, rail and road operations. On a normal day the Port is capable of handling up to 20,000 container moves into, out of and within the yards but the rate at which the Port can handle these moves is completely dependent on the density of containers in the yard.

    At the moment, because of the events I have already described, there is an unprecedented number of containers in the yards and this is severely impacting container flows through the Port.

    Restricting container levels

    As a consequence, the Port has been forced to take the perhaps unpopular decision to stop the container density increasing, by refusing to accept containers from those carriers who are above their agreed storage levels, and to bring about a reduction in the number of containers in their yards over time, as empty containers are removed from the Port on export vessels.

    The Port has also implemented a number of other initiatives to address the prevailing problems, by removing empty Hanjin units from the yards, by extending their opening hours for road vehicles and by employing external traction to supplement their own tugs, for example.

    Port apologises

    I can assure members that the Port’s most senior managers are acutely aware of the damage they are causing to their customer’s and their ultimate customers, and have apologised profusely for the prevailing situation, but they are, meanwhile, working tirelessly to reverse the damage already done and to bring their operations back to normal.

    As ever, the FPUA Council continue to liaise with the Port over these matters and, whilst we are hopeful that the actions that have been taken already will quickly return their operations to normal, we will continue to urge them on.

    We will keep members updated of progress as further information comes to hand.

  • FIATA Congress Dublin October 2016

    Full Congress:              €553  (Wednesday 5th – Friday 7th October 2016)
    One Day Pass:             €200  (Wednesday 5th or Thursday 6th October 2016)
    Half Day Pass:              €100  (Friday 7th October 2016)
    Gala Dinner Ticket:     €150  (Evening of Friday 7th October 2016)

    One Day Pass + Gala Dinner Ticket: €300 (An additional Gala Dinner ticket can also be purchased at a rate of €100).

    Tickets are in all cases for one person only and VAT is additional. The above rates are limited to Irish Forwarders and our BIFA industry colleagues and are available via the below link: https://confpartners.eventsair.com/fiata-world-congress-2016/irish-delegate

    An up to date Overview of the Congress can be found here

  • Regulatory Delivery Enforcement FLEGT update

    The EU’s Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Regulation establishes rules for the import of timber products covered by Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) between the EU and timber-exporting countries. Once VPAs are fully implemented, timber-exporting countries will issue FLEGT licences which verify the timber’s legality.

    Following the initial note for UK importers in January, in February, Defra, Regulatory Delivery (formerly the NMRO), HMRC and the Department for International Development held a successful information session in London. We are developing a short Frequently Asked Questions document to address some of the questions specific to licencing in the UK. We will issue this in our next written communication.

    In a recent press release the European Commission announced that 15 November 2016 is the earliest date that Indonesia could begin to issue FLEGT licences. The EU-Indonesia Joint Implementation Committee will announce the date for FLEGT licensing to begin when it meets on 15 September 2016. We will update you after 15 September 2016.

    The European Commission is developing a website which contains a draft version of Frequently Asked Questions. The website is still under development (the content is expected to be finalised by the beginning of September 2016).

    If you import FLEGT-licensed timber, you will be required to submit the electronic FLEGT licence for verification before the timber arrives in the UK. You will also be required to pay a fee of £31 per licence. This fee covers the costs of the UK agencies involved in validating and processing FLEGT licences in the UK.

    More detailed information on UK FLEGT requirements will follow shortly. In the meantime, please:

    • Share this information with your relevant contacts;

    • Provide Regulatory Delivery, the UK FLEGT Competent Authority, with the contact details of any organisations/individuals that should be added to this distribution list for future updates; and

    • Contact Regulatory Delivery if you are aware of any events this year that Regulatory Delivery could usefully attend to share information on UK FLEGT requirements.

    You can contact Regulatory Delivery either at flegtenquiries@nmro.gov.uk, or by emailing Yasmin Ataullah at yasmin.ataullah@beis.gov.uk.