Import Regulations in Japan

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Import Regulations in Japan
The required documents are: passport for every member of the family (clear copy of all the pages which have Japanese entry stamps) and copy of page with photograph; Residence and Working Visa (valid for over one year); original and two copies Declaration for Unaccompanied Baggage stating number of pieces in each shipment (Form C 5360-2 for non-Japanese and Form 5360 for Japanese); Inventory (detailed in English or Japanese); keys to locked trunks/suitcases; delivery address and telephone number.

The shipper must be in Japan at time of customs clearance. Personal effects and used household goods are duty-free provided the goods have been in owner's possession and utilization for at least one full year. The majority of shipments are inspected. Shipment must arrive within six months of Customer.

Here is the list of dutiable/restricted items. They are alcohol, tobacco, rice and video cassettes (should be easily accessed in the container; if in large quantities a separate clearance as a commercial shipment required; clearly noted on inventory (including the weight of the rice); detailed list of video cassette tapes); new items (less than a year old), especially furniture; electrical appliances.

These items may be imported duty free in limited quantities: 3 bottles (around 760cc) alcoholic beverages; 400 pieces of cigarettes per adult; 100 pieces of cigars (if there is no other tobacco); 500 grams pipe tobacco (if there are more than 2 kinds of tobacco, up to 500 grams in total weight); 2 ounces perfume.

These items are prohibited to import to Japan: rice, flower seeds/bulbs, flour, straw and straw items; fresh fruit, meat products and vegetables (pineapples, green bananas excluded); items requiring Quarantine Certificate are rooted plants, furs, straw products, shells, meats and stuffed animals; wildlife products from protected and endangered species; narcotics and drugs (including over the counter cold medicines containing Pseudoephedrine); counterfeit or altered currency; pornographic or politically sensitive material such as books, pictures or sculptures; firearms and other lethal weapons particularly swords, spears, blowpipes, daggers, bolos, bows and arrows if the blade is more than 15 centimeters in length. In case the above stated items are included in the shipment, they will either be shipped back to origin or abandoned; additional costs for either option will be charged to Customer.