What’s in the box? China has to know
The Chinese customs is implementing its new China customs advance manifest system (CCAM) on 28 June 2014. From that date, enterprises that send containerised goods as ocean freight to China must submit advance information to the Chinese customs authorities before a vessel arrives at one of the country’s ports.
According to the new CCAM regulation, the B/L and shipments details, including information about the trade partners, route, shipping timetable, ship, container and a description of the cargo, have to be sent to the Chinese customs 24 hours before a ship is loaded.
Many parts of China’s new law are more or less identical to the USA and Canada’s 24-hour import rules, which were implemented quite a while ago. Europe has a similar system with its entry summary declaration (ENS), and Japan also introduced a similar regulation at the beginning of the year.