Please note that we have received the below notification from Pacific International Lines (PIL):
Pacific International Lines (PIL) endeavours to continually improve our safety practices to protect our crew, vessels and cargo. As such, we are aligned with the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) which stipulated that the shipper is responsible for verifying a packed container’s gross mass before stowage aboard the ship. Further information on SOLAS Verified Gross Mass (VGM) is available on our corporate website at www.pilship.com.
To help you our valued customers meet the requirements of SOLAS, we would like to inform you that, with effect from 15 November 2022 (based on Port of Loading sailing date), we will implement a Discrepancy Fee (DCF) on any shipper with shipments found to have weight discrepancies between the Shipping Instruction (SI) weight – comprising cargo weight and container tare weight, and the VGM declared.
DCF will be applied if weight deviation is more than +/- 1 tonne, based on the following criteria:
- USD 200 per container for any weight deviations equal or more than +/- but less than 15%
- USD 1000 per container for any weight deviations equal or more than +/- 15%
We would also like to remind you that no containers are allowed onboard ships without the declaration of their VGM. Please ensure the correct cargo details are submitted when booking to avoid incurring additional fees. The shipper will be liable for any cost that may arise, but is not limited to weighing costs, shut out costs, storage costs levied by the local authorities/terminals, demurrage, and other administrative costs. PIL reserves the right to carry out random audit inspections to ensure operational safety for our crew, vessels and cargo.