24-Hour Rule Effect: Manage Challenging Shipping Instructions Cutoff Times

Now more than ever, it is critical to tightly manage shipping instructions (SIs). Adding to a growing number of 24-hour rule advance manifest customs regulations, Japan implemented its Advance Filing Rules this year, China will start enforcing its 24-hour rule in September, and Canada is continuing to implement its ACI eManifest initiative. Read More…


7 More Tips to Help NVOCCs Master AFR

Japan Customs recently conducted a review of all Advance Filing Rules (AFR) filings received since the March 1, 2014 implementation date and it has prepared a list of tips to help filers improve their accuracy. Are your filings to Japan Customs going smoothly?  We are pleased to share the latest tips to help you file successfully.

1.  Check the Master B/L format from your carrier before filing

Japan Customs identified common discrepancies between the master B/L number filed by the carrier and the number filed by the NVOCC, including duplicated and different carrier codes, and missing suffixes.  We recommend that you check the master B/L format with your carrier before you submit your house B/L filing. 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…


CargoSmart’s NVOCC Customers Prepare for Japan’s Advance Filing Rules

We are pleased to announce that our customers are preparing for Japan Customs’ Advance Filing Rules (AFR) that will take effect in March 2014. CargoSmart’s Japan AFR solutions will help non-vessel operating common carriers (NVOCCs) comply with the new regulations and manage their customs filings efficiently Read More…