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DOCUMENTATION

In this section, you’ll find some of the most useful documents to download and keep close at hand for your shipments.

From the international regulations on delivering goods, to maximum container dimensions, the classification of hazardous goods and the latest regulatory updates to the SOLAS Convention, with regard to protecting life at sea.

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Incoterms

The Incoterms® (International Commercial Terms) are “goods delivery” terms published by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) to define the payment rules in operations involving the buying and selling of goods. Through these rules, the division of the costs related to the transportation of the goods is indicated, as well as the time when the seller’s risks and liability become the buyer’s responsibility.

Containers size

In order to guarantee the shipment of a container on board a ship, a road vehicle or a railcar, there are specific mandatory indications concerning the external dimensions and precise tolerance ranges. Everything is regulated, which means the length, height and width of the container, its capacity, maximum load, tare and total weight.

Hazardous goods are any material or substance capable of posing a risk for humans and the environment, in shipments by sea, air, road or rail. They are classified based on the level of danger they can generate, and the classification serves the purpose of identifying materials and/or objects to excluded or admit for transport, according to certain conditions.

VGM statement

The VGM of a container is its Verified Gross Mass. Introduced parallel with the SOLAS, the VGM Statement means that checking the weight of the gross mass is a mandatory requisite for the acceptance of the container by the shipping company. The measure prevents containers with weights that fail to comply with the laws in force from falling into the sea, and accidents due to an erroneous distribution of the weights in the hold. The weigh-in and the weighing process are different for FCL (full container load) or LCL (groupage) shipments and can be performed by the Shipper or the Freight Forwarder, delegated to do so.

Solas

The SOLAS Convention (International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea) is an international treaty that aims to protect the safety of people at sea. Having come into effect on 1 January 2017, today the SOLAS regulates the fundamental safety aspects for ships that make international trips, such as stability, machinery, electrical systems, fire prevention protection and life-saving equipment.