Descartes Systems Group, the global leader in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce, announced that leading ocean carriers and non-vessel operating common carriers (NVOCCs) have selected Descartes’ Japan Ocean Advanced Filing Rule (AFR) solution to help them comply with Japan’s new advanced cargo security initiative, which takes effect March 10, 2014.

Japan’s AFR mandate requires ocean carriers and NVOCCs to electronically submit data to Japan Customs on maritime container cargo intended for a port in Japan no later than 24 hours before departure of the vessel from the port of loading. Descartes’ Japan Ocean AFR solution helps logistics providers, large and small, to cost-effectively meet the new filing requirements. Descartes has

successfully completed all technology test phases with Japan Customs.

Leading carriers and NVOCCs adopting Descartes’ new Japan AFR service include:

• AC Container Line;

• Aqualine International;

• Dimerco Express Group;

• Kintetsu World Express;

• MIQ Logistics Japan;

• Mitsubishi Logistics;

• MOL Logistics;

• Schenker;

• Sumisho Global Logistics Japan;

• Tokyo Sanyu Shipping; and

• Zim Integrated Shipping Services.