The European Union and Japan recognise each other's safety programmes. If you have an AEO Customs Simplification and Safety certificate and you are dealing with goods shipments to Japan, you will be subject to fewer inspections by Customs. The same applies to Japanese AEO exporters who export goods to the EU. In consultation with Customs, the European Commission has designed a temporary solution for you.
If you wish to benefit from this mutual recognition between the European Union and Japan, you must enter the code Y031 and the unique identification number (Y031 + JP ID) of the Japanese AEO company in your entry summary declaration and the temporary storage summary declaration under the heading 'Produced documents/certificates'. Customs uses this code to identify certified companies from Japan.
The above arrangement applies to your entry summary declarations (ENS) and discharge summary declarations (SAL).
To submit summary declarations to Customs, you can use the service Pre-arrival Cargo Declaration Import (4 hours) and/or Cargo Declaration Import Internet via Portbase. Portbase will ensure that if you wish to make use of this arrangement, you can enter this information in the web screen as of 1 June 2012.