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DB Schenker uses Inttra SaaS to meet container weight requirements

Steve Rogerson
August 23, 2016
German logistics company DB Schenker is using a software-as-a-service platform from electronic shipping marketplace Inttra to help its customers comply with the new container weight requirements.
Introduced last month by the International Maritime Association, the Solas VGM verified gross mass amendment means only containers with VGMs, or certified weights, can be authorised to be loaded onto ships.
DB Schenker has adopted the Inttra eVGM service to facilitate customer compliance with the requirements. The safety measure aims to ensure optimal balance of cargo for increased 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 at Schenker. "Our customers benefit from the partnership as increased efficiencies and lean processes minimise operational expenses and improve the flow of information."
The service provides the operational capabilities for digital submission, receipt, processing and auditing of Solas-compliant VGMs for shippers and carriers.
"We are very happy to expand our longstanding partnership with DB Schenker and welcome them to the growing eVGM network," said Inna Kuznetsova, president of New Jersey-based Inttra. "Taking advantage of standardised submissions to multiple carriers on a single platform helps DB Schenker to facilitate seamless customer service and grow operational efficiency."
The service aims to improve efficiency and simplicity by enabling the exchange of VGMs with multiple carriers in a standardised way through a single channel. It increases flexibility and reduces business disruption by facilitating VGM submission under multiple weighing and container packing scenarios and submission use cases, including support of third party or authorised 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.
Inttra is an ocean shipping electronic marketplace, information and service provider. Its transaction and information products, combined with the scale of its network, help its customers trade with multiple parties and leverage ocean industry information to improve their business. The company works with more than 55 ocean carriers and NVOCCs, more than 110,000 freight forwarders and shippers, and over 100 software alliance partners to streamline and standardise the shipping process. More than 650,000 container orders are initiated on the Inttra platform each week, representing approximately 25 per cent of global ocean container trade.