Communicating verified gross mass through EDI

 
Under recent changes to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) convention, shippers must now provide a verified gross mass (VGM) weight for all packed containers before they can be loaded onto a ship for export. 
 
In line with these changes and in consultation with the International Container Line Council (ICLC), New Zealand’s major ports have developed a standard process for communicating a container’s VGM through our EDI systems. 
 
How will the system work?
Ports will collect VGM information on your behalf, with shippers required to provide core VGM information when pre-advising each container. This information will be collated and communicated to you through EDI. The “No VGM, no entry to terminal” policy adopted by ports across New Zealand will ensure that there are no export containers within our terminal operating systems that will require VGM data from shipping lines.
 
Outbound EDI messaging
When a container for export is in-gated at Napier Port, you will receive a CODECO message that contains the VGM weight and VGM verifier in addition to the standard information. To ensure a smooth transition, you will be contacted by our EDI specialist shortly to arrange testing of the modified CODECO messaging. Depending on customer requirements, new VGM segments may be included in BAPLIE and COARRI messages.
 
Inbound EDI messaging
Napier Port will support the following inbound messaging from shipping lines, with modifications to meet the new VGM requirements:

The future of EDI
Napier Port already has the ability to receive VERMAS messages. Along with other New Zealand ports, we are now working on developing the ability to send VERMAS messages. Third party provider Port Connect is also developing the capability to send VERMAS messages. The VERMAS message will contain the following data:

The future will likely see Port Connect as the single point of delivery for VERMAS messages from all New Zealand ports. 

Should you have any questions about VGM EDI, please contact stacyb@napierport.co.nz.