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Update on Advanced Manifest for China Customs



China Customs has released Order No. 56 (2017) to adjust China Customs Advanced Manifest (CCAM) regulations effective as of June 1, 2018. This applies to all ocean and air cargo imported into and exported from the Chinese Mainland as well as cargo transshipped via the Chinese Mainland.

Effective for arrivals into China on or after June 1, 2018, the following information will be required on your shipping instructions/SLI:

Shipper’s EIN or CIK Number


  • This should be the EIN (Employer Identification Number) or CIK (Central Index Key) Number of the Shipper on the B/L. In case of co-load cargo, this should be the co-loader’s EIN or CIK Number
  • Shipper’s phone number or email address


  • Shipper’s AEO code

When Consignee is not “To Order”


  • Consignee’s Company Code – This should be the Unified Social Credit Identifier (USCI) Code or Organization Code of the Consignee on the B/L. In case of co-load cargo, this should be the co-loader’s USCI or Organization Code
  • Consignee’s Contact name
  • Consignee’s phone number or email address


  • Consignee’s AEO Code

When Consignee is “To Order”


  • Notify Party’s USCI or Organization Code
  • Notify Party’s phone number or email address

If the Consignee on the B/L is an individual, then Chinese ID, passport number or other valid certificate is required. The format must be “ID + ID No.”, “PASSPORT + Passport No.” or “8888 + ID Code”

The above information will be required by Vanguard by the Documentation Cutoff Date.

Consignee cannot clear goods without the required information.

Commodity Description

Commodity Descriptions must be specific and precise and cannot be generic, general or vague.

Non-acceptable descriptions will be rejected by China Customs and may cause delays to the shipment.

Description of “Personal Effects” is not allowed. Description must list the items that are contained in the shipment, for example “Personal Effects (clothes, shoes, furniture)”.

For further information, please visit www.customs.gov.cn