PARSIPPANY, N.J., May 25, 2016 – INTTRA, the world’s ocean shipping electronic marketplace, and Kuehne + Nagel, a leading global transportation and logistics company, are pleased to announce that INTTRA will become Kuehne + Nagel’s exclusive provider of service to submit its VGM information to ocean carriers and thus facilitate compliance with new container weights requirements. As of July 1, only containers with a verified gross mass will be cleared to be loaded onto a ship under the International Maritime Organization’s Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Verified Gross Mass (VGM) amendment.
The INTTRA eVGM Service, is designed to be the industry’s most efficient and flexible service for VGM compliance. The unrivaled scope of INTTRA‘s network creates efficiency by enabling the exchange of VGMs with multiple carriers in a standardized way through a single channel. In addition, the INTTRA eVGM Service maximizes flexibility by facilitating VGM submission under multiple weighing and container packing scenarios without requiring changes to the process of booking containers or providing shipping instructions.
“Kuehne + Nagel has been consistently at the forefront of technology adoption and leveraging standardization to improve operational excellence,” said Inna Kuznetsova, INTTRA’s President and Chief Operating Officer. “We are very pleased to expand our longstanding partnership with Kuehne + Nagel at this critical time for ocean shipping.”
“The INTTRA eVGM Service reflects how closely INTTRA has worked with the industry to understand and comprehensively address the technology needs created by SOLAS VGM,” said Otto Schacht, Executive Vice President, Sea Logistics, at Kuehne + Nagel. “Their solution gives us a broad range of options for submitting VGMs to our global ocean carrier partners. This solution in combination with Kuehne + Nagel’s own VGM customer portal will contribute to an efficient and reliable communication of VGM data from shipper to carrier.
INTTRA’s eVGM Service is available in two versions – for Carriers and Shippers. Users can transact in a range of EDI and Web service formats as well as by email. Anyone interested in learning more about INTTRA eVGM solutions can write to 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 processes. Over 650,000 container orders are initiated on the INTTRA platform each week, representing 24 percent of global ocean container trade.
About Kuehne + Nagel
With over 67,000 employees at more than 1,200 locations in over 100 countries, the Kuehne + Nagel Group is one of the world’s leading logistics companies. Its strong market position lies in the seafreight, airfreight, contract logistics and overland businesses, with a clear focus on providing IT-based integrated logistics solutions. Further information can be found at www.kuehne-nagel.com.