Dear valued customer,
We wish to advise that Patrick Terminals have announced a new charge to be introduced at its Melbourne Terminal from 4th October 2021. This new fee, referred to as “Weight Amendment Fee” will be applied by Patrick Terminals where any container (export or import), has an actual weight variation of +/- more than one metric tonne when compared with the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) data provided to Patrick by the shipping line.
Mondiale VGL has no alternative but to pass this cost onto affected customers, the rate of which will be: AUD $260.00 per container (+GST).
We take this opportunity to remind you that the SOLAS Convention (Safety of Life at Sea) places an obligation on all shippers globally to declare the correct weight of all containers transported by sea. To minimise your risk of incurring this new fee you should remind your suppliers to ensure they correctly declare the weight of all import containers and ensure the same is applied to any of your export containers.
Should you require any further information or clarification on this topic, please do not hesitate to contact your Mondiale VGL representative.