Mandatory:InvoicePacking ListShipping BillBill of Lading
Any person wishing to import goods must declare them to the Director-General of Customs and obtain an import permit after necessary examination of the goods concerned. The formalities start with the lodging of an import declaration and end with issuance of an import permit after the necessary examination and payment of Customs duty and excise tax. Import Permit (From Director-General of Customs)
Certain items may require a Japanese import license. These include hazardous materials, animals, plants, perishables, and in some cases articles of high value.
Necessary documents for U.S. exporters may include an Import Declaration Form (Customs Form C-5020) and a certificate of origin if the goods are entitled to favorable duty treatment determined by preferential or WTO rates. In practice, shipments from the United States are routinely assessed using WTO or “temporary” rates without a certificate of origin. Any additional documents necessary as proof of compliance with relevant Japanese laws, standards, and regulations at the time of import may also apply.
Straw packing materials are prohibited.
The packing list should include the exact contents and measurement of each container, including the gross and net weights of each package. The Japanese Measurement Law requires that all weights and measures on a packing list be reflected in Metric System values.
Japan prohibits the importation of certain items including narcotics, firearms, explosives, counterfeit currency, pornography, and products that violate intellectual property laws.
The Main Port offers depth ranging from 13-15 metres. The port of Tokyo has been a centre of distribution of goods throughout Japan. With a population of over 12 million people, the port of Tokyo serves as the centre of maritime trade and agriculture for the country.
Tokyo port handling 31,653 vessels annually has grown with the world wide increase in the ocean-going commerce. The port of Tokyo is made of 204 berths and has an export capacity of 12.1 million tonnes and an import capacity of 28.6 million tonnes.
The port of Tokyo earlier known as the port of Edo which began its activities as a coastal fishing, hunting and gathering. In the year 1612, Tokugawa Shogunate visited the port and changed the whole cultural landscape. Further, in 1941, the Port of Tokyo was incorporated as an international port and since that day there have been various developments over the years transforming the port into country’s major commercial point.
With favourable weather conditions throughout the year, this port serves as a leading maritime gateway in Japan and an ideal transit centre for intercontinental trade. The port of Tokyo is also recognised for its 24-hour access to the Customer Service Centre.