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Announcement for Japan Custom requirments as from 1st of April 2019


Japan Airlines

Advanced Cargo Information

Dear Partner,

On 1st April 2019 Japan Customs will enhance the scheme of Advance Cargo Information on air cargo based on the provisions of Custom Law and the regulations of Japan to ensure further security and safety of international logistics in preparation for holding the Tokyo 2020 Olympics/Paralympics in light of the increasingly severe threat posed by terrorism

Please find below link at the bottom with note from Japan Customs, Ministry of Finance (MOF) for a more detailed explanation of the Enhanced Reporting System.

If required we will assist where possible and work with your IT department to help establish the correct communications set up for electronic data transfers. Alternatively we can assume responsibility for entering the required information by transferring data from physical documents but there will be a charge per entry for this to be done. 

Such information includes the electronic transmission for cargo manifest (FFM), master air waybill (MAWB) and/or house air waybill (HAWB) (when HAWB exists) to the customs authorities of the offload point before flight arrived.

Where FFM and MAWB are to be prepared by carrier, shipper and its agent should provide the detailed HAWB information to the carrier for the transmission, in order to comply with the local customs regulation at the offload point.

  The HAWB Information Should Include

  1. HAWB number(as showed on the packages, up to 12 digits alphanumeric))
  2. Shipper's full name and address
  3. Consignee's full name and address
  4. Airport of origin and destination
  5. Description of the commodity (must not be ambiguous description, please check with the appendix)
  6. 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)


When submitting the above information you may use, letters, numbers, hyphen “-“, space “ “ or comma “,” but no other symbol is allowed. E.g. & or %


The provided information is expected to be accurate otherwise customs penalties will be involved. 

Japan Airlines hereby reiterates that correct information must be provided by shipper to carrier in order to avoid Customs penalties. Recently there are many Customs penalties or delayed Customs clearance reported from stations due to shipper did not provide correct HAWB information; or the weight of MAWB provided by shipper does not match with the sum of HAWB weight; or shipper asks to change the weight on air waybill after the shipment departed.

According to the Conditions of Contract in IATA TACT rules, Shipper shall comply with all applicable laws and government regulations of any country to or from which the cargo may be carried. Carrier is not liable to shipper and shipper shall indemnify Carrier for loss or expense due to shipper’s failure to comply with this provision.


This information may be delivered to Japan airlines by physical document for manual input or by electronic data via local Cargo Community System (CCS) provider. Such electronic data is recognized as FHL message. The expected SITA address to receive FHL message is CHACSJL



When the HAWB is to be transmitted by the carrier to the customs, charges will be collected from the shipper or it's agent per each HAWB. The charges varies by the office of origin and how the HAWB is delivered (e.g. by physical document or electronic data). It is recommended to contact the local cargo sales office for the detailed charges.


Direct Transmission

When the HAWB information is to be directly transmitted to the destined customs, shipper or its agent must comply the following: 

  1. To provide guarantee letter to certify that they will be fully liable for the penalty due to the violation of customs regulations.
  2. The wording: “HAWB information has been submitted directly to customs" be typed in the handling information box of MAWB.
  3. To confirm all cargo has loaded onto the aircraft before submitting the HAWB information to the customs.
  4. If the additional information is required by local customs, must also be input on MAWB (e.g. 16 digit code for India customs) 





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