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China to Delay Implementation of Advanced Manifest Rule

(Journal of Commerce)

China will delay implementation of its advanced manifest rule beyond its previously announced date of Sept. 30th, according to a Sept. 25 Maersk Line advisory to customers.

The China rule would be similar to those implemented in the U.S. and other countries that require ocean carriers to submit a complete manifest to customs authorities no later than 24 hours prior to the ship departing for the country in question. The U.S. rule, implemented in late 2002, was one of the first maritime security rules to follow from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Since then Canada, Mexico and Japan have followed with similar rules, and the EU adapted one along the same lines but not as far-reaching. Read more here.