Japan’s AFR (JP24): Implementation Begins for Japan’s 24 Hour Rule

Japan’s 24 Hour Rule has finally arrived, with full implementation kicking off earlier this week. Nearly a year ago, Customs Tariff Law had been passed establishing the Advance Filing Rules (AFRs) for imports to be implemented by Japanese Customs. The amendment requires carriers and NVOCCs to electronically submit information on maritime container cargoes bound for a port in Japan to Customs, in principle no later than 24 hours before departure of the vessel from the port of loading. The ruling is set for full enforcement next week on March 10th, 2014. Unlike the roll out of the U.S.’ Importer Security Filing (ISF), there will be no grace period after the March start date.

With enforcement beginning next week, it’s important to ask: -Do I have sailings that pass through Japan? -Do I have a connection with Japan Customs in place? -Have I tested this filing process?

If there is doubts, we encourage you to contact professionals to learn more about this new filing. Procrastinating on your research could possibly leave you under prepared, with delayed sailings and possibly affecting your customers. As an established service provider, we can teach you more about this rule and expedite the customs filing process for your business

Vilden’s e-CLEAR supports all of your U.S., European, Mexican, Australian, Caribbean, Panamanian, and Japanese filings! Accessible from anywhere in the world via the Internet, cargo Manifests can be easily uploaded from your System to e-CLEAR electronically, eliminating the need to re-enter the BLs.In addition to transmitting the manifest to Customs, we can also transmit it to any Port Authority, Terminal Operator or Agent, reducing cost and resources for our customers.