March 13, 2019 Japan Customs - Advanced Commercial Information
Effective March 17, 2019, Japan Customs Authority will enhance the Advance Commercial Information on all air cargo. Advanced Commercial Information (ACI) is an initiative to increase cross border trade efficiencies and to improve the protection of citizens through advanced cargo clearance and risk assessment screening.
To comply with the new customs requirements, the HAWB information for shipments destined to or transiting through Japan must include:
HAWB number (as showed on the packages, up to 12 digits alphanumeric)
Actual shipper's full name and address
Ultimate consignee's full name and address
Airport of origin and destination
A precise description of the commodity
Number of pieces and weight -the actual number of pieces of the packages must also be indicated as shipper load and count (SLAC) both on the MAWB and HAWB.
There must not be any special characters or symbols, including hyphens, quotation marks, commas, ampersand, etc. in any of the information submitted. Please note that direct transmission to Japan Customs is not permitted.