According to Article 69-8(1) of the Customs Tariff Act (Article 21(1) of the Customs Tariff Act), the following goods shall not be imported
Narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances as well as cannabis, opium, poppy, stimulants and stimulant ingredients, and opium smokers
Handguns, rifles, machine guns, guns and ammunition and parts of rifles
Chemical substances for the manufacture of chemical weapons
Counterfeit, altered or imitated currency or securities and cards (including cards which are to be used as raw materials) which have as their constituent parts electromagnetic records constituting fraudulently made cards for the payment of money or charges or for the withdrawal of savings.
Books, drawings, sculptures and other articles that are harmful to public safety or morals, child pornography
Articles infringing on patents, utility model rights, design rights, trademarks, copyrights, neighbouring rights, exploitation rights or breeder’s rights.
Infringing goods under the Unfair Competition Prevention Act
Other import laws
When importing goods, there are some cargo items that require permission, approval, notification, etc. under laws and regulations other than those related to customs, so please contact the relevant ministry or agency in advance.
The Foreign Countries Substitute and Foreign Trade Act, Import Trade Control Order
Firearms and Swords Control Law
Poisonous and Deleterious Substances Control Law
Methamphetamine Control Act
Act on Adjustment, etc. of Import of Raw Yarn
Fertiliser Control Law
Law on price adjustment of sugar
Act on Stabilization of Supply, Demand and Prices of Major Foodstuffs
High Pressure Gas Safety Act
Act on the Security of Oil Reserves
Alcohol Business Act
Plant Protection Law
Prevention of Infectious Diseases in Domestic Animals Act
Occupational Health and Safety Act
Act on the Protection of Birds and Animals and the Optimization of Hunting
Act for Control of Forging Postage Stamps
Cannabis Control Act
Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Control Act
Law for the Protection of Fishery Resources
Agricultural Chemicals Control Act
Act on Temporary Measures for Compensation for Producers of Milk for Manufacturing Use
Gunpowder Control Law
Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of Their Manufacture, etc.
Act for Control of Imitation Postage Stamps
Food hygiene law
Rabies Prevention Act
Act on the Prevention of Infectious Diseases and Medical Care for Patients with Infectious Diseases
Prohibited Export Cargo
According to Article 69-2(1) of the Customs Act, the following goods shall not be exported
Narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, cannabis, opium, poppy seeds, stimulants and stimulant materials
Articles infringing breeder’s rights
Items requiring an export licence
Export Trade Control Order [Special Table No. 1
Conventional weapons and weapons of mass destruction (all regions)
Nuclear weapons (All regions)
Chemical weapons related (all regions)
Biological weapons (all regions)
Missile-related (All regions)
Advanced materials (all regions)
Machine tools (all regions)
Electronics (all regions)
Counterfeit, altered or imitated currency, postage stamps and revenue stamps
Telecommunications equipment (all regions)
Sensors (all regions)
Navigational equipment (all regions)
Marine equipment (all regions)
Propulsion equipment (all regions)
Other general purpose products (All regions)
Particularly sensitive items (all regions)
Complementary export controlled items related to weapons of mass destruction (all regions)
(Excluding the regions listed in [Appendix 4-2]2).
Items requiring export approval
Export Trade Control Order [Part 2 of the Separate List]
Nuclear raw materials and nuclear fuel materials (including spent fuel)
(Nuclear raw materials or objects contaminated by nuclear fuel materials, etc., which are specified by the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry in a public notice)
Raw materials for narcotics and psychotropics
Bran, rice bran, wheat bran, fish meal and fish meal
Roots and seedlings of Lotus japonicus and shiitake mushrooms
Large trees of Senna, Hippocastanum, and Nara
Seeds of Japanese mustard seeds
Frozen clams, clams and mussels
Specified Hazardous Wastes, etc. and Waste
Animals and plants listed in Annex I and II of the Washington Convention
Specified toxic chemicals.
Rare wild animals and plants as defined in the Wild Fauna and Flora Preservation Act
Rare wild animals and plants as defined by the Wild Fauna and Flora Preservation Act
Books, drawings, etc. that advocate or incite rebellion
Counterfeit, altered or imitation currency, postage stamps and revenue stamps
Narcotics, psychotropic drugs, marijuana, opium, stimulants, etc.
Books, drawings, sculptures, etc. that may be harmful to public morals
Goods that infringe patents, utility model rights, design rights, trademark rights or copyrights in the destination country (2) Or Goods that are designated by the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry as goods that are likely to mislead as to their place of origin.
National Treasures, Important Cultural Properties, Important Tangible Folk Cultural Properties, Special Natural Monuments, Natural Monuments and Important Art Objects (For special natural monuments and natural monuments, excluding living ones.)
Goods that have been subject to the certification procedures prescribed in Article 1, Paragraph 4 of the Customs Tariff Act (goods that have been ordered to be returned to the port of entry by the Director of Customs; goods that have been subject to the certification procedures prescribed in Article 1, Paragraph 4 of the Customs Tariff Act) (Excluding those certified as not constituting infringing goods and those for which the certification procedure has been withdrawn).”
In accordance with the above, there are special exceptions for export licenses and import/export approvals. If you have any questions, please contact us at the address below.
When importing medicines and other products (medicines, quasi-drugs, cosmetics, medical devices), an import sales license is required under the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law.
In order to obtain a licence for the import and sale of pharmaceutical products, it is necessary to obtain a licence for each sales office, which must have structural facilities of the prescribed standard, and each sales office must have a responsible technician (e.g. pharmacist).
The application for a permit is submitted to the Minister of Health and Welfare via the prefectural governor and the permit is issued via the prefectural governor.
When importing pharmaceuticals and other products (medicines, quasi-drugs, cosmetics, and medical devices), an import and sales license under the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law is required.
B. [ Cosmetics ] No more than 24 pieces of one item (item in the pharmaceutical classification) in standard size
C. [ Medical equipment ] Minimum packaging unit for household medical equipment and other items that may be used by the general public
If you want to import and sell alcoholic beverages, you need a liquor license.
A licence can be applied for and granted by the tax office (customs department), but it is important to note that there are restrictions on the conditions of the licence (the types of products that can be sold and how they can be sold).
You will need to notify the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of your importation.
Importation for personal consumption (in quantities of up to 10 kg) is free, but customs duty, liquor tax and consumption tax are levied on the value of the import.
Vegetables and fruit
[ Vegetables, fruits, cereals, etc. ].
A food notification under the Food Sanitation Law is required, as is a plant quarantine under the Plant Protection Law.
[ Flowers, Seedlings, Seeds ]
Plant quarantine according to the Plant Protection Law.
Phytosanitary certificate (issued by the government of the exporting country)
Soil is not allowed to be imported, so please wash your plants well before importing them to avoid contamination.
In Japan there are some plants that can be imported and some plants that cannot be imported according to the Plant Protection Law.
The tax rate for clothing varies according to the material it is made of: leather, fur, vinyl, textile, etc.
For woven items, the tax rate depends on the amount of fur used, while for knitted garments the rate depends on the knitting method.
If fur or leather is used, it is necessary to check the scientific name to see if it falls under Corporate identityTES.
Please also pay attention to trademarks and indications of origin as there are issues of trademark rights and misidentification of origin.
In general, bags are taxed at different rates depending on their material, size and whether they are plated with precious metals or not, making it difficult to classify them on paper.
For leather bags, the scientific name of the animal used to make the leather may be required due to Corporate identityTES regulations.
It is important to ensure that the imported goods do not fall under the category of illicit goods (e.g. fake brands).
Shoes made of leather may be subject to a higher tariff if a tariff quota (T/Q) has not been obtained from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
If even a small part of the product is made of leather or fur, you need to check whether it is regulated by Corporate identity.
Please pay attention to trademarks and origin indications, as there are issues of trademark rights and misidentification of origin.
[ Dogs ].
Animal quarantine in accordance with the Rabies Prevention Law. Depending on the country of export and the type of animal, there is a possibility of detention for several weeks.
[Beef, horse meat, pork, poultry, etc.]
Animal quarantine is carried out in accordance with the Livestock Infectious Diseases Prevention Act, and food products are notified in accordance with the Food Hygiene (Meat Products) Act.
Health and hygiene certificates (issued by the government of the exporting country) should be placed in the refrigerator on arrival and should follow the instructions on the arrival information.
[ Fish ].
We will notify you of the food under the Food Hygiene Law.
Depending on the species, an import quota system applies.
[ shellfish ]
We will submit a food report in accordance with the Food Hygiene Law.
Shellfish poisoning tests are available depending on the area and species sampled.
Depending on the country of export and the sea area in which the fish is collected, the fish may be tested for Vibrio cholerae.
Other tests may be available depending on the country of export and the type of product, so please contact us in advance.
Animal testing according to the Livestock Infection Prevention Act.
We will notify you of food products according to the Food Sanitation Law.
We will notify you of food products according to the Food Sanitation Law.
※ Documents required : Method and ingredients list
※ Note : The first time a product is imported, it must be tested for additives and other substances before it can be imported.You can continue to import for one year on the basis of your inspection results.
Tableware and cooking utensils, kitchen and bed linen
The utensils must be notified to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare under the Food Sanitation Law.
Some materials need to be tested.
Some ceramics and glass may not be imported, depending on the amount of lead and cadmium tested for.
In the case of linen, silk products are regulated by the country of origin and the country of import.
The tax rate differs for each item, such as fishing equipment, golf equipment, ski equipment, camping equipment, etc.
If you would like to know the tax rate, please feel free to contact our staff.
Please check the trade mark and the place of origin carefully as there may be issues of trade mark rights and misidentification of origin.
For fishing rods, you will need the permission of the owner of the design rights for the grip and guide.