On March 1, 2014, Japan implemented a new regulation which requires vessel operators or NVOCC (Non-Vessel Operating Common Carriers) to electronically submit Customs information no later than 24 hours before the departure of the vessel from the port of loading. If all required information is not received 24 hours prior, the cargo will not be loaded. The U.S. and several other countries have implemented similar regulations to improve security and prevent terrorism. What does this mean for you as the shipper of record? We will ask for all documents to be supplied to us as in advanced as possible. Schedule B numbers will be required for your cargo as the first 6 digits of the 10 digit code must be listed on the Bill of Lading.
If changes to your invoice are made after the shipment sails which include the shipper and consignee name and address, description of cargo, number of pieces,weight, dimensions, etc, the carrier’s will charge an amendment fee for these changes and must wait for approval from overseas. To avoid additional costs, please ensure all information we receive is double checked. If you have any questions about Japan’s regulations, please contact our ocean freight department.