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What is advance filing rule? logistics terms and definitions

20:42, 05/04/2021
Advance Filing Rule (AFR) for Japan

Advance Filing Rule (AFR) for nhật bản requires vessel operators and NVOCC’s lớn electronically submit information lớn Japanese Customs on maritime container cargo to lớn be loaded on a vessel intended lớn enter inkhổng lồ a port in nhật bản no later than 24 hours before departure of a vessel from port of loading.

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All major carriers file information on our MBL’s but NVOCCs are required to lớn file the information on a HBL màn chơi. Only a select few companies are approved for submission by Japanese customs & can conduct the HBL transmission.


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We are excited khổng lồ announce that Scarbrough is one of those forwarders.

AFR Rules

1. All NVOCC must file an AFR for each HBL they issue except if they purchase the freight from another NVOCC (Master Loader).

2. All AFR filings must be filed 24 Hours before vessel departure. Best practice is to lớn file before CY Cut-Off.

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3. Failure to lớn tệp tin will result in the cargo not loading onlớn the intended vessel or, if cargo is loaded out, a 500,000 Yen fine or one year in prison. Best Practice: It’s better lớn tệp tin late than not at all.

4. The AFR vessel is the same vessel that delivers the cargo to lớn nhật bản. The AFR vessel is not necessarily the vessel named on the Bill of Lading. It may be the feeder vessel in the case of Transshipments.

5. There is NO “Carrier Option” for having the HBL filed on the NVOCC’s behalf by the carrier.

6. There are no amendments allowed after the vessel departure, with the exception when Advanced Notice (DNL, DNU, HLD) messages have been issued by Japan Customs.

7. You must declare the real shipper and real consignee unless you are the master loader, in which case, you declare the master loader as the shipper and consignee.

AFR Required Data Elements

Shipper NameShipper AddressShipper CountryShipper Telephone NumberConsignee NameConsignee AddressConsignee CountryConsignee Telephone NumberNotify Party NameNotify Party AddressNotify Party CountryNotify Party Telephone NumberHouse Bill of Lading NumberMaster Bill of Lading NumberPlace of Receipt (Port of Origin)Port of LoadingPort of DischargePlace of Delivery (Final Destination)Estimated Date of Arrival at Port of Discharge (POD)NVOCC NACCS Carrier CodeMVOCC NACCS CarrierVessel Name (Vessel calling nhật bản directly)Voyage NumberVessel Call SignVessel FlagCommodity DescriptionHarmonized Tariff Number (First 6 digits)Hazardous Commodity Code (UNDG)Marks & NumbersNumber of PackagesUnit of MeasureGross WeightVolumeContainer Number(s)Seal Number(s)Container Ownership(s)Container Empty or Full(s)Cargo Loading Party(s)


Our Scarbrough Exports team handles AFR submissions with care. Information containing required data elements is provided no later than 48 hours prior khổng lồ vessel departure. For more information or questions, please gmail Arijana Hoormann, Export Compliance Director, at arihoormann