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

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

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

(Customs Valuation)
1401 Outline of Customs Valuation
1402 Advance Ruling System for Customs Valuation
1403 Primary Method to Determine the Customs Value of Imported Goods
1404 Alternative Methods to Determine the Customs Value of Imported Goods
1405 Determination of Customs Value of Goods to be imported in special circumstances
1406 Foreign Exchange Rate Used for Conversion of Currency

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

(Rules of Certificates of Origin)
1521 Outline of Rules of Origin
1522 Advance Ruling on Rules of Origin
1523 Disclosure of Advance Ruling on Rules of Origin

(Reduction, exemption and return of customs duties)
1601 Reduction, Exemption and Repayment of Customs Duties for import Goods
1602 Outline of Systems for Reduction, Exemption and Repayment of Customs Duty Except Exemption under International Conventions and Agreement
1603 Systems for Reduction, Exemption, Refund, and Repayment of Customs Duty
1604 Procedure for requesting tax refunds for those import goods to be re-exported or destroyed due to breach of transaction contract
1605 Outline of the duty reduction system for re-importing processed goods
1606 Procedure 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)
1701 Declaration for domestic excises on import goods
1702 System of exempting domestic excises on import goods
1703 Application of the Consumption Tax on the Duty-Exemption Procedures (Customs Tariff Law)
1704 System of tax reduction for domestic excises to be imposed on import goods

(Other relevant laws and ordinances referred to by Customs)
1801 Outline of other relevant laws and ordinances referred to by Customs
1802 Customs confirmation requirements concerning import restrictions in accordance with the Food Sanitation Law
1803 Customs confirmation requirements concerning import restrictions in accordance with the Plant Protection Law
1804 Customs confirmation requirements concerning import restrictions in accordance with the Domestic Animal Infectious Diseases Control Law
1805 Customs confirmation requirements concerning import restrictions in accordance with the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law
1806 Private importation of drugs, cosmetics, etc.
1807 Outline of import restrictions in accordance with CITES
1808 Customs confirmation requirements concerning import restrictions in accordance with the Firearms and Swords Possession Control Law

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

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

2 Articles prohibited from importation

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

2 Articles prohibited from exportation

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

3 Import Clearance Procedures for Personal Import

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

4 Free Trade Agreement /Economic Partnership Agreement

(The Agreement between Japan and the Republic of Singapore for a New-Age Economic Partnership )
4001 Outline of the Agreement between Japan and the Republic of Singapore for a New-Age Economic Partnership
4002 Certificate of Origin under the Agreement between Japan and the Republic of Singapore for a New-Age Economic Partnership
4003 Elimination of Tariffs on Imported Goods under the Japan and the Republic of Singapore for a New-Age Economic Partnership Agreement
4004 Tariff Elimination Schedule for Singapore Tax Rates

(The Agreement between Japan and The United Mexican States for the Strengthening of the Economic Partnership)
4005 Outline of the Agreement Between Japan and The United Mexican States for the Strengthening of the Economic Partnership
4006 Proof of Origin under the Agreement Between Japan and the United Mexican States for the Strengthening of the Economic Partnership
4007 Elimination of Tariffs on Imported Goods under the Japan Mexico Economic Partnership Agreement
4008 Overview 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 )
4009 Outline of the Agreement between Japan and the Government of Malaysia for an Economic Partnership
4010 Certificate of Origin under the Agreement Between the Government of Japan and the Government of Malaysia for an Economic Partnership
4011 Elimination of Tariffs on Imported Goods under the Japan Malaysia Economic Partnership Agreement

(The Agreement between Japan and the Republic of Chile for a Strategic Economic Partnership)
4013 Outline of the Agreement between Japan and the Republic of Chile for a Strategic Economic Partnership
4014 Certificate of Origin under the Agreement between Japan and the Republic of Chile for a Strategic Economic Partnership
4015 Elimination of Tariffs on Imported Goods under the Japan Chile Economic Partnership Agreement

(The Agreement between Japan and the Kingdom of Thailand for an Economic Partnership)
4017 Outline of the Agreement between Japan and the Kingdom of Thailand for Economic Partnership
4018 Certificate of Origin under the Agreement between Japan and the Kingdom of Thailand for an Economic Partnership
4019 Elimination of Tariffs on Imported Goods under the Japan Thailand Economic Partnership Agreement
4020 Overview 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)
4021 Outline of the Agreement between Japan and the Republic of Indonesia for an Economic Partnership
4022 Certificate of Origin under the Agreement between Japan and the Republic of Indonesia for an Economic Partnership
4023 Elimination of Tariffs on Imported Goods under the Japan Indonesia Economic Partnership Agreement
4024 Overview 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)
4025 Outline of the Agreement between Japan and Brunei Darussalam for an Economic Partnership
4026 Certificate of Origin under the Agreement between Japan and Brunei Darussalam for an Economic Partnership
4027 Elimination of Tariffs on Imported Goods under the Japan Brunei Darussalam Economic Partnership Agreement
4028 Overview 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))
4029 Outline of the AJCEP Agreement
4030 Certificate of Origin under the AJCEP Agreement
4031 Elimination of Tariffs on Imported Goods under the AJCEP Agreement
4032 Overview 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 )
4033 Outline of the Agreement between Japan and the Republic of the Philippines for an Economic Partnership
4034 Certificate of Origin under the Agreement between Japan and the Republic of the Philippines for an Economic Partnership
4035 Elimination of Tariffs on Imported Goods under the Japan Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement
4036 Overview of the Elimination or Reduction in Tariffs Under the Agreement between Japan and the Republic of the Philippines for the Economic Partnership

(The Agreement on Free trade and Economic Partnership between Japan and the Swiss Confederation )
4037 Outline of the Japan Switzerland Economic Partnership Agreement
4038 Proof of Origin under the Agreement on Free trade and Economic Partnership between Japan and the Swiss Confederation
4039 Elimination of Tariffs on Imported Goods under Japan Switzerland Economic Partnership Agreement
4040 Overview 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 )
4041 Outline of the Japan Vietnam Economic Partnership Agreement
4042 Certificate of Origin under the Agreement between the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam and Japan for an Economic Partnership
4043 Elimination of Tariffs on Imported Goods under Japan Vietnam Economic Partnership Agreement
4044 Overview of the Elimination or Reduction in Tariffs under the Japan Vietnam Economic Partnership Agreement

(Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement between Japan and the Republic of INDIA )
4051 Outline of the Agreement between Japan and the Republic of India for an Economic Partnership
4052 Certificate of Origin under Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement between the Republic of INDIA and Japan
4053 Elimination of Tariff on Imported Goods under Japan-India Economic Partnership Agreement
4054 Overview 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)
4061 Outline of the Agreement between Japan and the Republic of Peru for an Economic Partnership
4062 Proof of Origin under the Agreement between Japan and the Republic of Peru for an Economic Partnership
4063 Elimination of Tariff on Imported Goods under Japan-Peru Economic Partnership Agreement
4064 Overview of the Elimination or Reduction in Tariffs under the Japan-Peru Economic Partnership Agreement

5 Export Clearance

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

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

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

6 Customs Procedures for International Postal Items

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

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

7 Procedures for Declaring Accompanied Personal Effects to Customs

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

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

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

8 Qualifying Examination for Registered Customs Specialists

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

9 Others

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

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

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

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