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Thursday, January 14, 2016, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. EST
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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP 
Washington, DC 20036  



Amy Breeman-Rhodes 
OWIT International 
(703) 581-9501 

Trade Talk on New IMO Requirements for Verified Container Weights 

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted new regulations under the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) requiring shippers to provide a verified weight for every packed container as a condition for vessel loading. These new requirements, already a part of U.S. law, become effective worldwide on July 1, 2016. International trade will suffer if by that date shippers, carriers and terminal operators are unable to load packed containers onto ships because proper, verified container weights (VCW) have not been provided, transmitted, received and used per the SOLAS regulations.

The Association of Women in International Trade and the Organization of Women in International Trade invite you to take part in this important and timely discussion of these new regulations and their impact on your business and operations.

 Click here for a a recent article written by WIIT President-Elect Evelyn Suarez discussing these upcoming changes.


Lars Kjaer
Senior Vice President, World Shipping Council (WSC)

Kjaer brings a particularly valuable voice to this discussion, as he was directly involved in the IMO process resulting in the new SOLAS requirements. WSC members are responsible for approximately 90% of global liner ship capacity, providing approximately 400 regularly scheduled services linking the continents of the world. Collectively, these services transport about 60% of the annual US $4 trillion value of global seaborne trade.


Bruce Carlton
President & CEO, National Industrial Transportation League (NITL)

Carlton brings the important perspective of global shippers to this discusion. The National Industrial Transportation League (NITL), the nation's oldest and largest freight transportation association, has served as the voice of shippers since 1907. Whether it is by rail, motor carriage, ocean transport or air commerce, NITL is a proven leader in representing shippers’ interests. 

This exclusive event will provide an opportunity to learn about the new requirements and the status of their implementation.

Attendees are invited to bring their own lunch to this brown bag event.

Date & Time:

Thursday, January 14, 2016
12:15 p.m. Registration
12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Discussion


Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
1333 New Hampshire Avenue NW (entrances on NH and 19th St NW)
Washington, DC 20036

On-site Cost:
WIIT Members: free / Non-Members: $25

Webinar Cost:
OWIT/WIIT Members: $25 / Non-Members:  $40