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Dear Clients,


We have received notification from Patricks Terminal that the Pondus weighing solution will be implemented in Sydney operations from 17 January 2022.
What does this mean? Pondus is simply an innovative weighing solution used to identify Mis-declared weight of containers being imported and exported which can create potential safety risks throughout the supply chain from transport companies to terminal operators and shipping lines. Any mis-declared container found to be outside of the 1-tonne tolerance (+/- 1T) a Weight Amendment Fee of AUD 230.00 + GST will be charged + Administration Fee of AUD 25.00 + GST.
If mis declared container weight found to be confirmed via Pondus Weighing Solution, weight amendment fee will be charged to you the consignee (Importer) and / or shipper (Exporter) as a disbursement invoice as cargo release will not be finalised by terminal unless this fee is remitted.
We recommend that as the consignee / Importer you make all of your suppliers aware of this penalty as it is their responsibility in origin for the correct SOLAS / VGM reporting, so this penalty can be re imbursed from them if container is to be found as mis declared.
As a shipper / Exporter, the correct SOLAS / VGM weighing process is your responsibility.
This system has successfully been introduced in Patricks Brisbane terminal on 4 January 2021, Patricks Melbourne terminal on 4 October 2021, and now in Patricks Sydney terminal from 17 January 2022.  In recognition of this Safety contribution, Pondus was recently recognized internationally, winning the Safety at Sea category of the 2021 Seatrade Awards, promoted by Lloyds List.  Due to this success, it is a real possibility that other terminals, DP World and Hutchinsons will follow suite.
Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or require further clarification.

Warm regards,

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