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CFR readies to meet new SOLAS guidelines

CFR readies to meet new SOLAS guidelines

Thanks to amendments made to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, ocean carrier containers are now required to have a verified gross mass (VGM) prior to being loaded onto vessels. A lack of proper infrastructure for container weighing prior to loading in the Los-Angeles-Long Beach terminal means shippers will need to find alternate weighing arrangements in order to comply with checked gross mass requirements before a July 1 deadline. According to the JOC report on The West Coast Marine Terminal Operators Association’s statement:

The 13 container terminals in the largest U.S. port complex are “incapable of providing VGM weighing services that adhere to the SOLAS guidelines scheduled to go into effect on July 1.”

Almost 200 nations have signed on to SOLAS, making waves in the global container shipping industry as individual shippers and terminal operators address and implement the new weighing requirements into their operating procedures. This is vital, as shipping containers without a VGM won’t be loaded. Even though the current Los Angeles-Long Beach terminal infrastructure doesn’t provide weighing services, CFR Classic is already establishing policies and procedures for handling VGM requirements so our clients and their shipment timelines aren’t affected by these changes in policy.

Joey has spent his entire teen and adult life in cars. Joey's father owned a Jeep store, and Joey had his own used car lot that he ran himself from age 22 until I was 30. At 30 years old, Joey got "out of" the car business and joined CFR Rinkens. Joey started when there were only 9 people at CFR, but the company grew to over 150 employees during his time there. When Joey started, CFR Rinkens was shipping about 40 vehicles per week from Los Angeles. Joey established locations in Houston, Miami, and New York and within the first year, CFR went to shipping 150 cars per week. Joey started as a customer service rep and later moved up to sales manager, operations manager, and marketing manager. Joey then moved to Europe for two years and spent the entire time traveling through Europe meeting with clients. In 2022, Joey and his partners purchased CFR Classic from CFR Rinkens and he returned to California to watch over the operation more closely.

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