Sending Shipments to Japan
As you probably already know, customs in Japan are extremely strict compared to other countries. Especially Air Shipments due to recent shipment containing illegal items.
As long as the documentation is correct and you have confirmed that there are no prohibited items in the shipment, there should be no issues.
- Food – Even though some food is permitted, it is probably not best to include in used household goods to Japan, as this can cause delays and inspection fees. This includes dry food and drink
- Medicine – Overseas over the counter medicine tends to contain chemicals that are illegal to import into Japan. If in doubt send us a copy of the activate ingredients.
- Plants – recently a plant quarantine certificate is required in order to import plants and seeds into Japan. Without this, the items may be disposed of at a cost
Do not hide commercial items
In the past people have tried to hide newly purchased items within used household goods. If customs find out, they do a full inspection which can be costly.
What does “New” items mean exactly
Rather than the date purchased, Japanese customs see new items as “unopened” packages. These will attract taxes and a full inspection if not declared in advance. To avoid this it is usually best not to repack items in their original packaging.This may cause a lot of headache and delays.
On the other hand, customs will be suspicious of you importing many of the same item, e.g. Shoes. Even if they are not in their original box, 50 pairs of shoes in a used household goods shipment would attract a full inspection. Customs can easily check if the shoes are used or not by looking at the sole.