PARSIPPANY, N.J. ESSEN, Germany August 18, 2016 – INTTRA, the world’s ocean shipping electronic marketplace, and DB Schenker, one of the world’s leading logistics services providers, are pleased to announce that DB Schenker has adopted the INTTRA eVGM Service to facilitate customer compliance with new container weight requirements. Under the International Maritime Association’s Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Verified Gross Mass (VGM) amendment, only containers with VGMs, or certified weights, can be authorized to be loaded onto ships. The safety measure, which went into effect on July 1, 2016, aims to ensure optimal balance of cargo for maximum stability of container ships worldwide.
“We are pleased to adopt the INTTRA eVGM Service which enables fast and efficient submission of the required VGM data directly to the carriers that are connected to the INTTRA platform,” said Marcus Leaver, Senior Vice President of Global Ocean Freight at Schenker AG. “Our customers benefit from the partnership as increased efficiencies and lean processes minimize operational expenses and improve the flow of information.”
“We are very happy to expand our longstanding partnership with DB Schenker and welcome them to the growing eVGM network,” said Inna Kuznetsova, INTTRA’s President and Chief Operating Officer. “Taking advantage of standardized submissions to multiple carriers on a single platform helps DB Schenker to facilitate seamless customer service and grow operational efficiency.”
About the INTTRA eVGM Service
INTTRA eVGM Service provides the operational capabilities for digital submission, receipt, processing and auditing of SOLAS-compliant VGMs for shippers and carriers. INTTRA eVGM creates efficiency and simplicity by enabling the exchange of VGMs with multiple carriers in a standardized way through a single channel. The Service maximizes flexibility and minimizes business disruption by facilitating VGM submission under multiple weighing and container packing scenarios and submission use cases — including support of third party or authorized submissions — without requiring changes to the process of booking containers or providing shipping instructions. Users can transact via EDI, web service, web online or mobile formats. For more information about INTTRA eVGM solutions, please contact solasvgm@INTTRA.com.
INTTRA is the world’s ocean shipping electronic marketplace, information and service provider. INTTRA‘s innovative transaction and information products, combined with the scale of our network, empower our customers to trade with multiple parties and leverage ocean industry information to improve their business. We work with over 50 leading Carriers and NVOCCs, over 110,000 freight forwarders and shippers, and more than 100 software alliance partners to streamline and standardize the shipping process. Over 650,000 container orders are initiated on the INTTRA platform each week, representing 24 percent of global ocean container trade.
About DB Schenker
With approximately 66,000 employees and a turnover of EUR 15,451 billion, DB Schenker, with its three business segments, Land Transport, Air/Ocean Freight and Contract Logistics/SCM, is one of the world’s leading logistics service providers. The business unit offers Europe-wide land transport and worldwide air and ocean freight, as well as comprehensive logistics solutions and global supply chain management from a single source. The unit also holds top positions in automotive, high-tech and consumer products, as well as in trade fair forwarding, special transportation and services for major sporting events. DB Schenker has created a global network with over 2,000 locations in approximately 130 countries.