24 Hours Advance Manifest Rule Implementation by Japan Customs

 Starting March 10, 2014, Japan customs will enforce new customs regulations which will require all vessel operators or NVOCC’s to submit an electronic cargo manifest to Japan customs for any cargoes that are destined for entry into a Japan port. The electronic manifest must be sent no later than 24 hours prior to vessel departure from the port of loading. The regulation is applicable for all containerized cargo intended for delivery into a Japan port. Empty containers, cargo loaded on platforms (i.e. break bulk cargo), and Foreign Remaining on Board (FROB) cargo are all exempt from this rule. Failure to comply can result in prison terms of up to one year or fines of up to JPY 500,000. For more information, you can refer to the following websites:

Japan Customs Homepage

www.customs.go.jp/english/summary/advance/index.htmom/afr/