Rules and Regulations

Japan: all shipments to be electronically declared at Customs


CMA CGM would like to inform its customers that as of March 2014 all shipments entering Japan will need to be declared electronically to Customs prior to loading in ports of the vessel entering their waters.


The regulation requires the carrier to declare cargo 24 hours prior to loading in POL on vessel intended for entry into Japan through NACCS (Nippon Automated Cargo and Port Consolidated System). Filing of master BL remains carrier’s responsibility, NVOCC will be obliged to file details of their house BL directly with Japan Customs.


Only cargo physically discharged (local or transhipment) is concerned, FROB (Freight Remaining On Board) is not. Break-bulk cargo and empty container (shipper or carrier own container) will not fall at the moment under that regulation.


The data which needs to be included in the transmission is the following:

  • Shipper’s full style name and address
  • Consignee’s full style name and address (unless to order)
  • Notify party’s full style name and address (incl. telephone if consignee is to order)
  • Container number
  • Seal number
  • Number of packages
  • Cargo gross weight
  • UN dangerous goods code for shipments containing hazardous goods
  • Cargo description and HS code at a minimum of 6 digits

The documentation cut off will be aligned with the ones of others advance cargo declarations already in place in USA, Canada, Mexico, European Union or Turkey.


For more information on Advance Filing Rules, please visit Japan Customs website at: http://www.customs.go.jp/english/summary/advance/index.htm or contact your local CMA CGM office