We would like to make you aware of two major changes expected in 2016. We will list updates updates for compliances regulations here.

Refactored AESDirect

In 2016, AESDirect (called Legacy AESDirect) will transition to ACE AESDirect (Refactored AESDirect). Early in the year, the transition will take place for WEB, EDI and AESPcLink filers, with Weblink filers transitioning in the middle of the year. More information on ACE AESDirect can be found here.

Container Weight and Mass Verification Requirement to take effect in 2016

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has amended the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) to require certified weight and mass verification for all containerized cargo prior to loading on board a vessel. The new verification requirements go into effect July 1, 2016 and will require shippers of all containers to provide the verifiable information to the ocean carrier sufficiently in advance of vessel loading so that the verification can be used in preparing vessel stowage plans. The NVOCC/freight forwarder will be required to separately verify container weight and provide signed documentation to the ocean carrier when the NVOCC/forwarder is considered the shipper in relation to the ocean carrier. As the requirement now stands, NO containerized cargo will be loaded onto a vessel after July 1, 2016 until this documentation has been received by the exporting carrier. The World Shipping Council has published the requirements in their entirety, which can be found here.

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