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AgTC: Container Availability; Advance Doc Rule for Exports to China; Portland Situation

July 25, 2012

Ocean Shipping Container Availability Report (OSCAR). This week’s edition of USDA’s useful report, just published today by USDA’s Transportation Services Division of AMS can be found at

Status Report – 24 Hour Rule for Exports to China In 2009 China announced that intended to require ocean carriers to file manifests for vessels destined to China, 24 hours before the carrier’s estimated time of arrival (ETA) at the port where cargo will be loaded. Then China customs would notify the carrier whether or not the cargo (and vessel) will be allowed into China. [This is the mirror image of what the US has required, since 9/11, for cargo destined for import into the US.]

UPDATE: China’s 24 Hour advance manifesting requirement is not yet mandatory. Carriers have been working with China Customs and the filing intermediaries handling the manifest information submission. Most carriers encourage shippers with China destined cargo, or in transit cargo, to submit their shipping instruction information prior vessel arrival. But they are not in a ” no docs, no load” enforcement mode.

Pay special attention to Xiamen discharged cargoes, as China Customs indicated last year (2011) that it will begin enforcing compliance at that port. Since then, there has been no further communication from China Customs as to when there would be a mandatory compliance for Xiamen discharge cargo advance manifests.

If cargo is handled on a vessel arriving Korea prior China, then the advance manifesting, when required, would be done by the carrier’s Korea office. This means that for cargo on this vessel, the 24 hour requirement need not be applied when loading here in the US.

Portland Container Terminal Disruption

If you are in the Portland area this coming Monday, there will be a limited attendance, off the record, briefing on the situation at T6. If interested, reply to this message.



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