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Descartes offers Japan Advanced Filing Rule compliance solution for ocean carriers and NVOCCs

WATERLOO, Ont.– Descartes Systems Group is offering ocean carriers and non-vessel operating common carriers (NVOCCs) its  Japan Ocean Advanced Filing Rule (AFR) solution  to help them comply with Japan’s new advanced cargo security initiative, which takes effect March 10, 2014.

Japan’s AFR mandate requires ocean carriers and NVOCCs to electronically submit data to Japan Customs on maritime container cargo intended for a port in Japan no later than 24 hours before departure of the vessel from the port of loading.

The solution helps logistics providers, large and small, to cost-effectively meet the new filing requirements, Descartes said in a release. The company said it has successfully completed all technology test phases with Japan Customs.

“We’re focused on working with our customers and regulatory agencies around the world to help ensure the efficient and secure movement of shipments across international borders,” said Ken Wood, Executive Vice President, Product Strategy at Descartes. “Descartes’ Japan Ocean AFR solution leverages our extensive experience in cargo security compliance and is built upon our existing technology platform. It also utilizes Descartes’ Global Logistics Network (GLN), the world’s largest multi-modal logistics messaging network, to connect ocean carriers and NVOCCs to their trading partners to efficiently gather the information required for filings.”