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China Customs Advance Manifest – Enforcement in Shanghai

Dear Valued Customer,

We informed you previously of China’s 24-hour rule, commonly known as China Customs Advance Manifest (CCAM). The regulation, which is in place but not enforced since 2009, asks for cargo manifest information to be submitted 24 hours before loading on the vessel.

Effective Date and Scope

The Shanghai Customs will be enforcing this rule for loading on or after 28 June 2014. This is applicable for inbound cargo destined to or transshipped via Shanghai ports. At this moment, the enforcement is not applicable to outbound cargo ex Shanghai ports. APL currently calls Waigaoqiao and Yangshan, both within Shanghai Customs administration.

No Document, No Load Policy

Failure to adhere to the rule will result in additional administrative work and Shanghai Customs may issue Do Not Load (DNL) or Do Not Unload (DNU) notice for such shipments.

As a result of this consequence, APL will be imposing a “No Document, No Load” policy for containers that fall within the scope mentioned above.

Shipping Instruction Cutoff

Specific shipping instructions cut-off will be communicated to you separately. As a general rule, the cut-off time is usually 3 days before vessel arrival at port of load.

Mandatory Information for Manifest Submission

  • Full name of shipper, consignee and notify party
  • Full address of shipper, consignee and notify party
  • Precise cargo description
  • First six digits of the HS code
  • Type and number of packages
  • Marks and numbers
  • Cargo gross weight
  • Volume
  • Container number
  • Seal number
  • UN number and IMDG code where applicable
  • Contact person name, phone number and/or email address for DG cargo

As the implementation is near, it is important that you start providing the above information to APL as early as possible so that we can test the submission process and fine-tune it. This will help to minimize inconvenience on the actual implementation date.

We regret the short notice on this matter and thank you for your attention.

In the meantime, please feel free to contact your local APL representative if you need further information.