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China demands advance manifests

China demands advance manifests

Beijing: Effective January 1 China's Customs agency will demand ships to report advance manifest data for shipments of cargo on vessels that load at foreign ports and are destined for or to be transshipped in ports in China.

For box ships, the information is to be submitted 24 hours before loading at a foreign port; for non-container vessels, the requirement is 24 hours before arrival at the first port within China's customs territory.

Likewise, advance manifest data must be submitted for cargo loading out of ports in China. For container vessels, the deadline is 24 hours before loading. For non-container vessels, the requirement is two hours before loading. [8/12/08]