Wallenius Wilhelmsen has established the procedures to ensure compliance with the new Advance Filing Rule on Maritime Container Cargo.

The Advance Filing Rule requires that the ocean carrier file on maritime container will be submitted electronically no later than 24 hours before departure of the vessel from a foreign port of loading. 

You provide the information - we do the work

Wallenius Wilhelmsen performs this service for all customers who need to file an AMR. The data elements required to be included in the AMR are taken from our master Bill of Lading (B/L), which is issued on the basis of information provided by the customer at the time of booking and completed by the shipping instructions as received from each of our shipper customers.

The rule prescribes the data elements that must be included in the AMR. An incomplete AMR will be rejected by the Customs authorities. A maritime container shipment for which an AMR has not been filed may not be loaded. In other words -- the Advance Filing Rule applies a "no documentation - no load" requirement for maritime container shipments.

Penalties and delay of the vessel and shipments carried may result in case of breach of this requirement.

The most efficient way for you as a customer to reduce the likelihood of Japan Customs authorities issuing "Do Not Load" requests or holding cargo after discharge is to ensure that the shipping instructions are:

  • Provided in due time and at the latest by our documentary cut-off
  • Complete
  • Accurate

Wallenius Wilhelmsen applies this "no documentation - no load" requirement for maritime container shipments loaded on vessels calling Japanese port.

Necessary information for the AMR

The data elements we need to receive as part of the shipping instructions for inclusion in the AMR are:

  • Full name and address of Shipper
  • Full name and address of Consignee
  • Full name and address of Notify Party (mandatory for "To Order" B/L)
  • 6 digit HS Code
  • Code for the type of packages if cargo is packed
  • Number of packages
  • Shipping marks for packaged goods
  • Container and seal number as applicable
  • Gross cargo mass (in kilograms)
  • UN code for dangerous goods 

For further information, please contact your local Customer Service representative.