American Shipper Study: Visibility Ranked as Top Feature

Has your cargo been delayed during this winter’s storms? Are you worried about port strikes or work slowdowns? Do you need to prevent missed sale dates, poor communication with customers, or delayed payments? These are all compelling reasons to want greater visibility in your supply chain.

In fact, in American Shipper’s recent Global Transportation Management Benchmark Study: Climbing the Visibility Ladder, the results revealed that tracking & tracing and analytics were the two most critical global transportation management platform functions to have. At the same time, 29% of the respondents did not currently have track & trace capabilities and 55% did not have analytics capabilities in their systems.  Read More…


6 Tips for NVOCCs to Master Japan AFR

On March 1, 2014, Japan began accepting filing submissions for its new advanced manifest regulation for non-vessel operation common carriers (NVOCCs), the Japan Advance Filing Rules (AFR). Japan requires NVOCCs to electronically submit filings for all Japan-bound ocean cargo no later than 24 hours before the departure of the vessel from the port of load. If cargo information is not filed in a timely manner, NVOCCs may be subject to penalties and shippers may face supply chain delays from customs holds.

CargoSmart offers Japan AFR solutions that enable NVOCCs to submit complete, accurate, and timely filings to Japan Customs. In the first two weeks of AFR, CargoSmart’s Helpdesk received hundreds of inquiries about the filing process. Are you having trouble submitting filings? Are you just getting started with the filing process?

We have compiled the following top six tips that we hope will help you submit filings smoothly to Japan Customs. Read More…


CaroTrans Adopts CargoSmart’s Japan AFR Solutions

We are pleased to welcome CaroTrans to CargoSmart’s customer community! CaroTrans has adopted CargoSmart’s Japan AFR solutions to comply with Japan Customs’ filing requirements that took effect March 10. The solutions feature online dashboards that help CaroTrans avoid the risk of missed filings by enhancing visibility to filings and their status.

Read CaroTrans’ press release: Read More…