We just have recived one notification from EVERGREEN informing about the new customs rules for import cargo to Japan.

We think is interesting share with you:


From March 2014 Japan customs will enforce new customs regulations 

requiring that a Carrier or a NVOCC to electronically submit to
the Customs information on maritime container cargoes to be loaded
on a vessel intended to entry into a port in Japan, in principle
no later than 24 hours before departure of the vessel from a port 
of loading. 

Implementation schedule –
The filers are obliged to file cargo information for container cargoes whose deadline of filing is on/afterMarch 10, 2014 at 12 a.m. in Japan Time (Greenwich Mean Time : March 9, 2014 at 3 p.m.).

Summary of the Advance Filing Rules on Maritime Container Cargo

(1) Scope:
Cargo import to JP and T/S at JP port

(2) Cargo to be Filed:
Maritime container cargoes to be loaded on a vessel intended
for entry into a port in Japan

(3) Persons obliged to file:
Carrier: Cargo information based on the Master B/L level
NVOCC  : Cargo information based on the House B/L level.
Unlike US Advance Filing rule (ACE), Carriers cannot file house B/L 
    information on behalf of NVOCC. 

(4) JP Customs Deadline of filing:
In principle, 24 hours before departure from a port in a foreign

(5) Penality provisions:
Any person who does not submit cargo information before the deadline
will be liable to imprisonment with labor for up to a maximum period
of one year or a fine not exceeding five hundred thousand yen.

(6) Grace period: No grace period.

(7) Four types of Risk Advance Notice from Customs:
Japan Customs gives the 4 types of risk advance notices in principle
within 24 hours after receiving the cargo information when necessary
measures (e.g., suspending the discharge of cargo in Japan) should be
taken from the viewpoint of Japanese security as a result of risk
analysis of the cargo information by the Advance Filling Rules on
Maritime Container Cargo Information. Japan Customs will cancel the
notices when the informed cargo is identified no risk as a result of
risk reassessment by adding or correcting the information.

Type 1: Do Not Load (Code ‘DNL’)
For cargo identified as high risk & cannot be loaded on board.
Type 2: Hold (Code ‘HLD’)
Further or revised information is required to complete the
risk assessment of the cargo.
Type 3: Do Not Unload (Code ‘DNU’)
After vessel sailing, Customs judge that the cargo is “high
risk” then ‘DNU’ will be sent.
Type 4: Special permission required for discharge (Code ‘SPD’)
For any late filing or no filing detected by Customs system.

To comply with above regulation, Line has decided to implement the 
manifest filing deadline of 36 hours before ETB of coming JP bound Vessel
at various origins with effective from 1st, Mar, 2014.  Based on
the JP advance Filing regulation, we’d like to highlight the
procedure as below:

1. General Guidelines:
“No Green light, No Load” should be strictly followed.

2. The responsible parties:

2.1 POL offices and agents
(1) Shall be fully responsible for monitoring the JP Advance
Filing status of the corresponding B/L till last moment
and load or do no load the containers based on its final
status. If the status is ‘DO NOT LOAD or HOLD’, POL
office is requested to inform their shipper for such status
or status change and not to load the container without

(2) Shall be fully responsible for timely and accurately sending
the data needed which solicit form shipper. The data
provided by shipper through Shipping instruction is required
in Advance Filing Rule (AFR) as below in brief:


– Shipper, Consignee, Notify(Name, Address, Phone No.)
– Precise Cargo Description and 6 digits HS (Harmonized System)
– Number of Package, Total Gross Weight, Measurement
– IMDG Class, UN No.
– Marks & Number of Cargo


– Indicator of NVOCC shipment (house B/L involved)

(3) About Correction:
After Vessel Departure from port of loading, any updated filing is
not allowed by JP Customs “unless receiving Risk Advance Notice”
from Customs. For any B/L combine/split/acancel/COD request after
loading onto Japan calling vessel, POL must check with EGJ office
before proceeding.


2.2 T/S port :

(1) Shall be responsible for planning the connecting vessel prior
the JP advance filing deadline (at least 40 hours prior to ETB)
to avoid any violation of JP filing deadline due to the fact
that NVOCC needs this information to declare their JP bound
filing vessel timely.
(2) For feeder service, T/S port must be responsible for the
accurate and timely maintenance of JP feeder vessel’s sailing
schedule in short term schedule. FYI. The short term schedule
is the backbone of the whole system and any mistake will cause
irremediable consequence.
(3) Shall be responsible for cross-checking the filing result before
final loading.

2.3 OPS (Operation Department):
(1) Shall be responsible for the accurate and timely maintenance of
sailing schedule in short term schedule for line service,
including ETA/ETD/ATD.
(2) Shall be responsible for cross-checking the filing result before
loading(after cargo closing time) and loading completed.
Monitoring the operation of POL to assure the full compliance of
the guideline of “No green light, No load”.
(3) Discharging at next calling port
Once ‘Red light’ status occurs (the status of ETB of the vessel),
container was found has been loaded onboard the vessel, Line
will off-load the container at next calling port, no matter
its status changed at later stage or not, all the related
charges incurred such as shifting, lift off/on charges will be
on captioned POL Office or/and T/S Port Office account, if
delinquency is found.
(4) Last calling port for vessel heading to Japan port


The last calling port office is to act as last defender for
checking Total Onboard Data to overhaul where there is any
container misloaded onboard (DO NOT LOAD container), once found,
please off-load containers and inform POL, T/S Port and O.C.C.
(Operation Control Center) for follow up, In the meantime, last
calling port is requested to request port terminal to load
container strictly abide by pre-loading plan provided before
ETB of the vessel. Fail to comply, last calling port will be
liable for responsibility with other delinquent parties.
2.4 BCC:
Shall be responsible for the allocation assignment, space control,
feeder connectivity and issue the instruction for roll-over or


3. Effective Vessel

The effective vessels/voyages will start from the first POL on below
attached excel file. However, please stick to the short term schedule
for any update.

4. Filing procedure and system enhancement:
Will be followed by separate notice from GLOBALDOC team.
With regard to the surcharge fee of Filing and Data correction fee,
we will keep you informed if consensus being reached among global

Please circulate this message to all parties concerned under your

For more details, you may refer to below attached file at JP Customs website. or you can CONTACT US.