Chinese New Year (CNY) is regarded as one of the biggest migrations on earth. Chinese people return to their homes which are often far away from their working place. The close-down of factories in Mainland China has a considerable impact on worldwide supply chains. Imbalance of cargo volume between China and Europe happens every year during this time. A special situation is expected not only during the five-day period, but also the weeks before and after.
Effective July 1, 2016, the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention issued by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) needs to be put into practice. The convention specifies that shippers are responsible and shall verify on its documentation the Verified Gross Mass of a container prior to it being loaded on board of a vessel.