Guidance (Appendix): http://www.customs.go.jp/english/summary/advance/annex.htm
On March 30, 2012, a bill to amend part of the Customs Tariff Law and relevant laws has passed through the Diet. This amendment enacts the Advance Filing Rules, which require a vessel operator 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. The Rules will be implemented in March 2014.
What to be filed:
Detailed description of goods:
Specific and detailed description of goods is required so that cargo particulars can be easily identified. HS code (6 digits) is also required.
Japan Customs requires to input concrete and detailed information on description of goods to easily identify the contents of cargo in conducting risk assessment. In case it is difficult to identify the contents of the cargo by inputting the vague description of goods in the list given below, such filing will not be accepted. For example, “Parts” is not accepted but “Motorcycle parts” is accepted.
An example of List of Unacceptable Description of Goods:
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
The filer can use the service provider. Multiple reporter IDs can be obtained for same company. However in order to have better control and use of Cargowise for filing, we'll use one ID for each company, i.e. T&M Forwarding and DTK Logistics with respective selection of branch.
Carrier Code for T&M: J222
Carrier Code for DTK: J220
Filing by using Cargowise:
Change to Japan AFR Amendment: