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CargoSmart Hosts Seminars on Canada and Japan Customs Regulations
Guest speakers include the Canada Border Services Agency, Japan Customs, and NACCS Center

September 3, 2013 — CargoSmart Limited, a leading Software as a Service (SaaS) global shipping and logistics solutions provider, today announced that it will be hosting a seminar series entitled “Compliance Countdown: Prepare for 2014 Advance Filing Requirements.” The seminars will inform freight forwarders and non-vessel operating common carriers (NVOCCs) about two upcoming customs regulations, the Canada Border Services Agency’s (CBSA) eManifest initiative and Japan’s Advance Filing Rules (AFR) for NVOCCs.

Featured guest speakers at the events will include representatives from the CBSA, Japan Customs, and Nippon Automated Cargo and Port Consolidated System, Inc. (NACCS Center). The seminars will be held in Mississauga, Vancouver, and Seattle in September. In addition, CargoSmart will conduct webinars on each of the regulations in September and October.

With the implementation of the CBSA’s eManifest initiative, freight forwarders will be required to transmit advance house bill data electronically. The data must be received and validated by the CBSA prior to arrival, within the prescribed mode-specific time frames.

Japan’s Advance Filing Rules require NVOCCs and carriers to submit filings for cargo on board a vessel bound for Japan no later than 24 hours before departure from the port of loading. Testing will begin in November and the rules will be implemented in March 2014.

“The new regulations require forwarders and NVOCCs to not only be technically ready to file electronically, but also require them to make changes to their processes to obtain and file required information on time,” said Kim Le, director of CargoSmart North America. “We are honored that Canadian and Japan customs agencies will join CargoSmart’s seminars to provide greater details and address concerns about the new rules for the forwarder and NVOCC community in the U.S. and Canada.”

The seminar series will provide an overview of upcoming regulations, tips and best practices to manage the impact of new filing requirements, and solutions to help freight forwarders and NVOCCs become compliant. The sessions will be held on the following dates:

eManifest and AFR Seminars:
September 17 - Mississauga, ON, Canada
September 19 - Vancouver, BC, Canada
September 20 - Seattle, WA, USA

Freight forwarders and NVOCCs are invited to register for a seminar at

To sign up for an eManifest or AFR webinar, please e-mail

Expanding on its customs filing solutions for the U.S. and Europe, CargoSmart offers solutions to help shippers and logistics service providers comply with Canada and Japan regulations. CargoSmart’s compliance solutions provide workflow tools to help customers submit filings completely and on time, as well as document storage for information sharing and archives.

About CargoSmart
CargoSmart Limited ( is a Software as a Service (SaaS) global shipping and logistics solutions provider that enables shippers, consignees, logistics service providers, NVOCCs, and ocean carriers to keep cargo moving and delivered on time. Award-winning applications include visibility, documentation, contract management, compliance, and private label solutions. CargoSmart launched its services in October 2000 and has helped over 22,000 customers lower transportation management costs, streamline operations, and reduce the risk of late shipments.

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