Descartes Extends Its Logistics Tentacles to Japan

Descartes Systems Group is the first logistics service provider to sign an agreement with Nippon Automated Cargo and Port Consolidated System, Inc. (NACCS Center) to electronically file customs documents to Japan Customs in compliance with the country’s newly enacted Advanced Filing Rules.

On March 30th, 2012, a bill to amend part of the Customs Tariff Law was passed through the Diet legislature in Japan. This amendment enacts the Advance Filing Rules, which require a vessel operator or non-vessel operating common carrier (NVOCC) to electronically submit to Japan Customs the information on maritime container cargo intended for a port in Japan.

In principle, this submission should happen no later than 24 hours before departure of the vessel from a port of loading. The electronic report from foreign filers will be made through service providers authorized by NACCS Center. This is the first time NACCS Center has signed an agreement with an overseas service provider since it was founded in 1977. Descartes' experience in advance manifest filing services in Canada, the United States, and other countries has been of great assistance to NACCS Center as it prepares for the Advance Filing Rules. The vendor has the world’s largest logistics messaging network, handling about 70 percent of the top 25 air forwarders shipments and more than 50 percent of US–Canada cross-border security filings.

Descartes bridges the information gap between logistics organizations and regulatory authorities around the globe, such as Japan Customs, to enable efficient cargo security screening, customs declaration filings, and compliance across a broad spectrum of regulatory initiatives. The Descartes Customs & Regulatory solutions leverage Descartes' Global Logistics Network (GLN), the world's largest multi-modal logistics messaging network, to connect more than 35,000 parties, such as carriers, ocean forwarders, and government organizations.
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