AFR (Advance Filing Rule)
With the exception of Hong Kong, all ports in greater China, and all ports in Japan, require an Advance Filing. This applies to all cargo being imported, as well as cargo transhipped via these countries.
With the exception of Hong Kong, all ports in greater China, and all ports in Japan, require an Advance Filing.
This applies to all cargo being imported, as well as cargo transhipped via these countries.
24 hours prior to departure
The Advance Filing Rule requires carriers and NVOCC’s to electronically file details of all cargo on any vessel intended to sail for China or Japan, 24 hours prior to departure from the origin port, or Port of Loading (POL). If this deadline is not met, cargo can not be unloaded from this vessel without express permission from the Chinese or Japanse customs authorities.
Major mandatory data elements required in the Shipping Instruction:
Payment method for transport charges (prepaid or collect)
Total number of packages
Type of package
Total gross weight of cargo
Measurement of cargo
Contract and carriage conditions, for example, CY/CY
Name, Street and number or P.O. Box of Shipper, Consignee, and Notify Party
Contact person name, and contact number for dangerous cargo
Container size, type, supplier party, fullness (full/consol/empty)
Number of packages per commodity item
Brief cargo description
Gross weight per commodity item
UN number for dangerous cargo
Marks and numbers
With the implementation of this rule, the amendment procedures will also be affected as follows:
Any amendment to split or combine the d/o after vessel arrival will not be accepted anymore, the separated or combined b/l will need to be issued at port of loading.
Any amendment of number of packages, weight or cbm only possible after the approval from the customs officer.
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