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AMSA to commence SOLAS compliance activity in earnest

In Customer Service Exports SOLAS Posted September 26, 2016 at 11:16 am
By Steve Bradtke

Solas Compliance

Wondering what has been happening since the implementation of the SOLAS provisions on 1 July this year?

We understand that the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has not yet conducted major SOLAS compliance activity, consistent with MSC.1./Circ 1548.

Well, all that’s about to change.

AMSA has recently advised that compliance activity would immediately escalate with a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC), looking at Verified Gross Mass (VGM) declarations and identifying indicators of falsehoods and other inaccuracies. Consistently rounded numbers is a bit of a giveaway!

We also understand that AMSA is considering its options regarding check weighing, sample weighing and upstream auditing.

The key take-out would be that any grace period AMSA has granted has come to an inevitable end.

For more information visit the AMSA website or download our guide here.

Magellan Logistics has your back on this and any other customs or freight forwarding topic.  If you would like to discuss SOLAS compliance with me further please get in touch on 1300 651 888 or via steve@maglog.com.au.

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