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1802 Customs confirmation requirements concerning import restrictions in accordance with the Food Sa



  The Food Sanitation Law of Japan provides that importers of any foods, food additives, tools, containers and packages thereof as well as toys for babies or infants, which are to be used for sale or business operation, should submit to the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare a declaration on such import each time importation is made.

  For importing the said goods, it is necessary to submit the “Declaration on importation of food, etc.” to a quarantine station first, and then submit to the customs the confirmed “Declaration on importation of food, etc.” which has been issued by a food sanitation inspector with a seal certifying completed declaration. The customs’ confirmation of the completed declaration is requisite for obtaining import permission.

  It is provided that the submission of the declaration to the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare is not necessary for those goods to be imported for private use or for test/experiment purposes. You should make sure whether your import goods can be regarded as those for private use or text/experiment purposes, prior to importation, by contacting a quarantine station of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.

(Article 70 of the Customs Law, item 1, section 3, paragraph 70 of the General Notification of the Customs Law, and Articles 27 and 62 of the Food Sanitation Law)


Contact numbers (Please contact the division of, or the person in charge of, sanitation and food inspection at the following stations)
Otaru Quarantine Station Tel: +81-134-32-4304
  Chitose Airport Quarantine Branch Station Tel: +81-123-45-7007
Sendai Quarantine Station Tel: +81-22-367-8102
  Sendai Airport Quarantine Branch Station Tel: +81-22-383-1854
Narita Airport Quarantine Station Tel: +81-476-32-6741
Tokyo Quarantine Station Tel: +81-3-3599-1520
  Second Food Sanitation Division (Funabashi) Tel: +81-47-437-1381
  Chiba Quarantine Branch Station Tel: +81-43-241-6096
  Tokyo Airport Quarantine Branch Station Tel: +81-3-6847-9320
  Kawasaki Quarantine Branch Station Tel: +81-44-277-0025
Yokohama Quarantine Station Tel: +81-45-201-0505
Niigata Quarantine Station Tel: +81-25-244-4405
  Komatsu Airport Branch Tel: +81-761-21-3767
Nagoya Quarantine Station Tel: +81-52-661-4133
  Shimizu Quarantine Branch Station Tel: +81-54-352-4540
  Chubu Airport Quarantine Branch Station Tel: +81-569-38-8195
  Yokkaichi Quarantine Branch Station Tel: +81-593-52-3574
Osaka Quarantine Station Tel: +81-6-6571-3523
Kansai Airport Quarantine Station Tel: +81-72-455-1290
Kobe Quarantine Station Tel: +81-78-672-9655
  Second Food Sanitation Division Tel: +81-78-857-1671
Hiroshima Quarantine Station Tel: +81-82-255-1379
  Sakai Office Tel: +81-859-42-3517
  Hiroshima Airport Quarantine Branch Station Tel: +81-848-86-8017
Fukuoka Quarantine Station Tel: +81-92-271-5873
  Moji Quarantine Branch Station Tel: +81-93-321-2611
    Shimonoseki Office Tel: +81-832-66-1402
  Fukuoka Airport Quarantine Branch Station Tel: +81-92-477-0208
  Nagasaki Quarantine Branch Station Tel: +81-95-826-8081
  Kagoshima Quarantine Branch Station Tel: +81-99-222-8670
Naha Quarantine Station Tel: +81-98-868-4519
  Naha Airport Quarantine Branch Station Tel: +81-98-857-0057

  [Reference] Website of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
  http://www.mhlw.go.jp/topics/yunyu/tp0130-1.html



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