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Customs Answer(FAQ)

  1. Import Clearance
  2. Articles prohibited from importation and exportation
  3. Import Clearance Procedures for Personal Import
  4. Free Trade Agreement /Economic Partnership Agreement
  5. Export Clearance
  6. Customs Procedures for International Postal Items
  7. Procedures for Declaring Accompanied Personal Effects to Customs
  8. Qualifying Examination for Registered Customs Specialists
  9. Others


1.Import Clearance

(General Import Clearance)
1101Outline of Import Clearance Procedures
1102Flow of Goods from Arrival to Release
1103A Person Liable to Customs Obligations
1104Tax Base of Customs Duties
1105Types of Tariffs
1106Items to be Described in the Import Declaration Form
1107Documents to be Submitted for Import Clearance
1108Expediting Import Clearance by the Pre-arrival Examination System
1109Import Clearance Procedures for Vehicles
1110How to Fill in an Import Declaration Form
1111Calculation Method of Amount of Tariff Duty, Consumption Tax, etc
1112Customs Inspection on Imported Goods
1113Approval for Withdrawing Goods Prior to Import Permit
1115Jurisdictional Area of Japan Customs
1116Address, Telephone and Fax Numbers of Customs Office (Access Map)
1117Importer Obligations for Storage of Documents and Records

 

(Tariff Classification and Duty Rates)
1201Outline of Tariff Classification
1202Advance Classification Ruling System
1203Disclosure of Tariff Classification Cases
1204Duty Rates for Major Products
1205Inquiries on Tariff Classification and Rate of Imported Goods Using E-mail, etc.

 

(Payment of Customs Duty)
1301Payment of Customs Duty
1302Outline of the Extension of the Time Limit for Payment of Customs Duty
1303Application for (Comprehensive) Approval of the Extension of the Time Limit and Offering of Collateral
1304Application for Individual Extension of Payment and Offering Collateral
1305Case of Deficient of Declaration (Correction of Customs Declaration, Request for Correction, Additional Tax for Deficient Declaration)
1306Case of No Tax Declaration (Decision, Additional Tax for No Return, etc.)
1307Outline of Additional Tax System and Heavy Additional Tax System
1308Major Points for Accurate Declaration
1309Request for Extension of the Time Limit for Special Declaration and Offering of Collateral
1310Outline of the Multi Payment Network
1311Payment of Tariff Etc., Using the Multi Payment Network
1312Payment of Handling Charge Using the Multi Payment Network
1313Duty payment procedure for the Real-Time Account Transfer Method (Direct Method)

 

(Customs Valuation)
1401Outline of Customs Valuation
1402Advance Rulings on Customs Valuation
1403Primary Method to Determine the Customs Value of Imported Goods
1404Alternative Methods to Determine the Customs Value of Imported Goods
1405Special Rules for Certain Goods to Determine the Customs Value
1406Foreign Exchange Rate for Conversion of Currency
1408Outline of Value Declarations

 

(Preferential tariff treatment)
1501Outline of Japan’s GSP (Generalized System of Preferences)
1502Certificate of origin under GSP scheme
1503Major products preferential tariff is applied to
1504List of GSP Beneficiaries (Countries and Territories)
1505List of Goods (HS Code) which are exempted from submitting the Certificate of Origin
1506Graduation /Exclusion from the GSP scheme
1508Expanded Duty-Free, Quota-Free Market Access to from LDCs (Summary)

 

(Rules of Origin)
1521Outline of Rules of Origin
1522Advance Ruling on Origin
1523Disclosure of Advance Ruling on Origin
1524Origin certification procedures in making a claim for preferential tariff treatment under an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA)

 

(Reduction, exemption and return of customs duties)
1601Reduction, Exemption and Repayment of Customs Duties for import Goods
1602Outline of Systems for Reduction, Exemption and Repayment of Customs Duty Except Exemption under International Conventions and Agreement
1603Systems for Reduction, Exemption, Refund, and Repayment of Customs Duty
1604Procedure for requesting tax refunds for those import goods to be re-exported or destroyed due to breach of transaction contract
1605Outline of the duty reduction system for re-importing processed goods
1606Procedure for requesting tax refund for those import goods to be exported without any change in their nature and form from the time of import

 

(System of reducing and exempting domestic excises on import goods)
1701Declaration for domestic excises on import goods
1702System of exempting domestic excises on import goods
1703Application of the Consumption Tax on the Duty-Exemption Procedures (Customs Tariff Law)
1704System of tax reduction for domestic excises to be imposed on import goods

 

(Other relevant laws and ordinances referred to by Customs)
1801Outline of other relevant laws and ordinances referred to by Customs
1802Customs confirmation requirements concerning import restrictions in accordance with the Food Sanitation Law
1803Customs confirmation requirements concerning import restrictions in accordance with the Plant Protection Law
1804Customs confirmation requirements concerning import restrictions in accordance with the Domestic Animal Infectious Diseases Control Law
1805Customs confirmation requirements concerning import restrictions in accordance with the Act on Securing Quality, Efficacy and Safety of Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices, Regenerative and Cellular Therapy Products, Gene Therapy Products, and Cosmetics Law
1806Private importation of drugs, cosmetics, etc.
1807Outline of import restrictions in accordance with CITES
1808Customs confirmation requirements concerning import restrictions in accordance with the Firearms and Swords Possession Control Law

 

(Authorized Importers' Program)
1901Outline and Benefit of Authorized Importers' Program
1902Procedures for the Authorized Importers' Program and the Requirements for Approval
1903Declaration Procedures in the Authorized Importers' Program

 

(Simplified tariff applicable to goods at a total value of 200,000 yen or less )
1001Simplified tariff applicable to goods at a total value of 200,000 yen or less (general import freight and international parcel post)
1002Simplified customs clearance for low-value import goods
1003Declaration of importation (tax payment) through air-waybill, etc.
1005Simplified customs clearance system for documents
1006Duty exemption for goods at a total customs value of 10,000 yen or less


2 Articles prohibited from importation

2001Articles prohibited from importation
2002Import restrictions on those articles which infringe intellectual property rights
2003System of an application for suspension of the importation of those goods infringing intellectual property rights
2004System of the information provision for suspension of the importation of those articles infringing circuit layout rights


2 Articles prohibited from exportation

2501Articles That Are Prohibited for Export
2502Export restrictions on those articles which infringe intellectual property rights
2503System of an application for suspension of the exportation of those goods infringing intellectual property rights


3 Import Clearance Procedures for Personal Import

3001Personal Import
3002Import Clearance Procedures for Personal Import
3004Outline of Entries in Customs (Tax) Declaration Form
3102Importation of Salt
3103Importation of Tobacco
3104Importation of Rice
3105Importation of Alcoholic Beverages


4 Free Trade Agreement /Economic Partnership Agreement

For procedures to claim for preferential tariff treatment under EPA, please refer to the following.
1524: Origin certification procedures in making a claim for preferential tariff treatment under an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA)

(The Agreement between Japan and the Republic of Singapore for an Economic Partnership )
4001Outline of the Agreement between Japan and Singapore for an Economic Partnership
4002Elimination of Tariff on Imported Goods under the Japan-Singapore Economic Partnership Agreement
4003Overview of the Elimination or Reduction in Tariffs under the Japan-Singapore Economic Partnership Agreement

 

(The Agreement between Japan and the United Mexican States for the Strengthening of the Economic Partnership)
4004Outline of the Agreement Between Japan and The United Mexican States for the Strengthening of the Economic Partnership
4005Elimination of Tariffs on Imported Goods under the Japan-Mexico Economic Partnership Agreement
4006Overview of the Elimination or Reduction in Tariffs Under the Agreement between Japan and the United Mexican States for the Strengthening of the Economic Partnership

 

(The Agreement between the Government of Japan and the Government of Malaysia for an Economic Partnership )
4007Outline of the Agreement between Japan and the Government of Malaysia for an Economic Partnership
4008Elimination of Tariffs on Imported Goods under the Japan Malaysia Economic Partnership Agreement
4009Overview of the Elimination or Reduction in Tariffs under Agreement between the Government of Japan and the Government of Malaysia for an Economic Partnership

 

(The Agreement between Japan and the Republic of Chile for a Strategic Economic Partnership)
4010Outline of the Agreement between Japan and the Republic of Chile for a Strategic Economic Partnership
4011Elimination of Tariffs on Imported Goods under the Japan-Chile Economic Partnership Agreement
4012Overview of the Elimination or Reduction in Tariffs under the Agreement between Japan and the Republic of Chile for a Strategic Economic Partnership

 

(The Agreement between Japan and the Kingdom of Thailand for an Economic Partnership)
4013Outline of the Agreement between Japan and the Kingdom of Thailand for Economic Partnership
4014Elimination of Tariffs on Imported Goods under the Japan-Thailand Economic Partnership Agreement
4015Overview of the Elimination or Reduction in Tariffs under the Agreement between Japan and the Kingdom of Thailand for the Economic Partnership

 

(The Agreement between Japan and the Republic of Indonesia for an Economic Partnership)
4016Outline of the Agreement between Japan and the Republic of Indonesia for an Economic Partnership
4017Elimination of Tariffs on Imported Goods under the Japan-Indonesia Economic Partnership Agreement
4018Overview of the Elimination or Reduction in Tariffs under the Agreement between Japan and the Republic of Indonesia for the Economic Partnership

 

(The Agreement between Japan and Brunei Darussalam for an Economic Partnership)
4019Outline of the Agreement between Japan and Brunei Darussalam for an Economic Partnership
4020Elimination of Tariffs on Imported Goods under the Japan-Brunei Darussalam Economic Partnership Agreement
4021Overview of the Elimination or Reduction in Tariffs under the Agreement between Japan and Brunei Darussalam for the Economic Partnership

 

(The Agreement on Comprehensive Economic Partnership among Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and Japan (AJCEP Agreement))
4022Outline of the ASEAN-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement
4023Elimination of Tariffs on Imported Goods under the AJCEP Agreement
4024Overview of the Elimination or Reduction in Tariffs under the AJCEP Agreement

 

(The Agreement between Japan and the Republic of the Philippines for an Economic Partnership )
4025Outline of the Agreement between Japan and the Republic of the Philippines for an Economic Partnership
4026Elimination of Tariffs on Imported Goods under the Japan Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement
4027Overview of the Elimination or Reduction in Tariffs under the Agreement between Japan and the Republic of the Philippines for an Economic Partnership

 

(The Agreement on Free trade and Economic Partnership between Japan and the Swiss Confederation)
4028Outline of the Agreement between Japan and the Swiss Confederation for an Economic Partnership
4029Elimination of Tariffs on Imported Goods under Japan Switzerland Economic Partnership Agreement
4030Overview of the Elimination or Reduction in Tariffs under the Japan Switzerland Economic Partnership Agreement

 

(The Agreement between Japan and the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam for an Economic Partnership )
4031Outline of the Japan-Viet Nam Economic Partnership Agreement
4032Elimination of Tariffs on Imported Goods under Japan-Viet Nam Economic Partnership Agreement
4033Overview of the Elimination or Reduction in Tariffs under the Japan-Viet Nam Economic Partnership Agreement

 

(Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement between Japan and the Republic of INDIA)
4034Outline of the Agreement between Japan and the Republic of India for an Economic Partnership
4035Elimination of Tariff on Imported Goods under Japan-India Economic Partnership Agreement
4036Overview of the Elimination or Reduction in Tariffs under the Japan-India Economic Partnership Agreement

 

(Proof of Origin under the Agreement between Japan and the Republic of Peru for an Economic Partnership)
4037Outline of the Agreement between Japan and the Republic of Peru for an Economic Partnership
4038Elimination of Tariff on Imported Goods under Japan-Peru Economic Partnership Agreement
4039Overview of the Elimination or Reduction in Tariffs under the Japan-Peru Economic Partnership Agreement

 

(The Agreement between Japan and Australia for an Economic Partnership)
4040Outline of Agreement between Japan and Australia for an Economic Partnership
4041Elimination of Tariff on Imported Goods under Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement
4042Overview of the Elimination or Reduction in Tariffs under the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement

 

(The Agreement between Japan and Mongolia for an Economic Partnership)
4043Outline of the Agreement between Japan and Mongolia for an Economic Partnership
4044Elimination of Tariff on Imported Goods under Japan-Mongolia Economic Partnership Agreement
4045Overview of the Elimination or Reduction in Tariffs under the Japan-Monogolia Economic Partnership Agreement


5 Export Clearance

(General Export Clearance)
5001Outline of Export Clearance
5003Consumption Tax Exemption on Exports (For Industries)
5004Consumption Tax Exemption for Exports (for Non-residents/Visitors)
5005Customs Procedures for Exporting Goods for Repair
5006Procedures of Export Clearance of Vehicles
5008Items to be Declared in the Export Declaration Form
5009Documents Required for Export Declaration
5010How to Fill in an Export Declaration Form

 

(Other Export-related Laws and Regulations to be Confirmed by Customs)
5501Other Export-related Laws and Regulations to be Confirmed by Customs
5502Customs Procedures for Exporting Used Vehicles

 

(The Authorized Exporter's Program)
5601Outline and Benefit of Authorized Exporters' Program
5604Outline of Authorized Delegated Export Clearance Program


6 Customs Procedures for International Postal Items

(How to Receive Postal Items from Abroad)
6101Outline of Customs Procedures for International Postal Items
6102How to interpret the "Notice of Customs Clearance for International Mail" and related procedures
6103How to Interpret the Assessment Notice of International Mail and Subsequent Procedures
6104When the Price of an International Postal Article is Unknown
6105Customs Procedures for International Parcels that Has been Bought as Souvenirs (Unaccompanied Baggage)
6106Contacts for Inquiries Regarding Undelivered or Damaged International Postal Articles
6107Time Limit for Import Clearance for Mail Articles Delivered from Overseas

 

(How to Send Postal Articles Overseas)
6201Procedures for Sending Postal Articles Overseas


7 Procedures for Declaring Accompanied Personal Effects to Customs

(Procedures Upon Entering Japan)
7101Procedures for Declaring Accompanied Personal Effects to Customs
7102Procedures for Declaring Unaccompanied Articles to Customs
7104Duty-Free Allowance for Accompanied Personal Effects of Overseas Travelers
7105Simplified Customs Duty Rates for Accompanied Personal Effects
7106Import of Animals and Plants Carried in as Baggage (Animal Quarantine and Plant Quarantine)

 

(Procedures Upon Leaving Japan)
7201Procedures for Carrying out Foreign-made Goods

 

(Others)
7301Procedures for importing/exporting of Household Effects for Home Relocation
7302Export/Import Procedure Using ATA Carnet (Japanese Carnet)
7303Export/Import Procedure Using ATA Carnet (Foreign Carnet)
7304Export/Import Procedures of Accompanied Hunting Guns
7305Export/Import of Means of Payment, etc.
7306Export/Import Procedure for Private Automobiles Using a Carnet (Foreign Carnet)


8 Qualifying Examination for Registered Customs Specialists

8001Outline of the Registered Customs Specialist System
8002To Become a Registered Customs Specialist (Regarding the Qualifying Examination for Registered Customs Specialists)
8003Subjects of the Qualifying Examination for Registered Customs Specialists
8004Schedule for the Qualifying Examination for Registered Customs Specialists
8005How to Obtain Examination Application Forms
8006Examination Sites and Application Submission for the Qualifying Examination for Registered Customs Specialists
8007Announcement of Successful Applicants for the Qualifying Examination for Registered Customs Specialists
8008Inquiries regarding the Qualifying Examination for Registered Customs Specialists
8009Partial Exemption of Subjects of the Qualifying Examination for Registered Customs Specialists
8101Current Situation of Registered Customs Specialists


9 Others

(CUSTOMS GUIDE for VISITORS)
9001CUSTOMS GUIDE for VISITORS
9002CUSTOMS GUIDE for VISITORS (ENGLISH)
9003CUSTOMS GUIDE for VISITORS(CHINESE)
9004CUSTOMS GUIDE for VISITORS (KOREAN)
9005Pamphlet for Overseas Tourists (Quasi-drugs/ Cosmetics, etc.)
9006Pamphlet for Overseas Tourists (Animal Quarantine)
9007Pamphlet for Overseas Tourists (Plant Protection)
9008Pamphlet for Overseas Tourists (Washington Convention)

 

(Customs brokerage services)
9101Customs Brokerage Fees for Customs Clearance Procedures
9102Contact Numbers of Customs Brokers (Customs Brokers Association)
9103Outline of Customs Brokers
9104Overview of Customs Brokers
9105Scope of Customs and Related Operations
9106Outline and Benefit of Authorized Customs Brokers’ Program

 

(the Customs Bonded System)
9203Outline of the Customs Bonded System
9204Overview of Customs Area
9205Outline and Benefit of Authorized Warehouse Operator's Program
9206Outline and Benefit of Authorized Logistics Operator's Program

 

(Others)
9301Customs Counselor System
9302Return of Cash, Securities and Other Properties Left by Repatriated Persons
9401Protest Procedures against the Disposition of the Customs Authority
9601Customs Clearance Procedures for Persons Living Abroad
9602Business Hours for Customs Offices
9701Access to Trade Statistics
9702The Path in Tariff Revision