New Japanese import requirements effective March 10

Importing to Japan has new rules. Japan is the latest country to require information from containerized cargo importers before the cargo heads to sea from its orginating port. A 24-hour advanced manifest rule is effective Monday, March 10. The new system took effect March 1.

Under the regulation:

  • Non-vessel operating common carriers and ocean carriers that move containerized cargo into Japan must send their manifest information to the country's customs agency at least 24 hours before departure from the port of embarkation.
  • Exceptions exist for certain short routes between neighboring nations and Japan, for which the information must be filed before departure, but not 24 hours before departure.
  • Container cargo that will be discharged or transshipped in Japan is subject to the rule, but empty containers are an exception.
  • Freight remaining on board (FROB) is initially exempt from filing requirements as well, according to Japan Customs.
  • Filers must submit the information electronically via Nippon Automated Cargo and Port Consolidated System (NACCS). Japan will reject containerized imports or impose penalties if the manifest filings for security screenings aren’t sent or submitted in time.

Cargo Services  strongly encourages everyone to take the extra time necessary to confirm your forwarder or NVOCC is filing the necessary manifest information 24 hours before it departs to Japan. Bottom line – NO COMPANY HAS A BUDGET FOR  FINES AND DELAYS THAT WILL BE IMPOSED.

Cargo Services Inc. is prepared to transmit EDI to NACCS for all exports to Japan. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Cargo Services by email or call us at 800-645-0386.