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SOLAS Regulations

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has amended the SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) convention. Effective as from the 1st of July 2016, the regulation stipulates to declare the VGM for each container.

SOLAS – VGM English

For more information, you can also consult our guide:

VGM eBusiness guide (E-business website)

VGM eBusiness guide (Excel file)

Procedures & Regulations

Find import procedures & regulations documents available below:

Container Inspection Rules

Hazardous cargo & Out of Gauge requests

Customer claim procedure

Dangerous Goods Form

Low Sulphur

Since the creation of the first Emission Control Area (ECA) in the Baltic Sea more than 10 years ago, Ocean Going Vessels are subject to stricter regulations both at global and regional level.

Since, ECAs have been enlarged to The Channel and North Sea, as well as North America and the maximum sulphur content has been reduced gradually from 4.5% to 1.5% and 1% up to this date, while the regulations set new limits in 2015 at 0.1% sulphur, which presents significant challenges for the industry including Oil Majors, Shipping Lines and Shippers.

CMA CGM enforces its long-term commitment about protecting the environment, made sustainable development one of its main focuses and to comply with the new regulation set in place since January 1st, 2015.

Learn more about Low Sulphur.

To display the amounts of the "Low Sulphur" surcharge available: Charges Finder.

Customs Regulations

Several countries have put in place rules requiring that all details related to all imported shipments are transmitted electronically to Customs before loading at foreign ports.

Those rules are on the CMA CGM website.