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1803 Customs confirmation requirement concerning import restrictions in accordance with the Plant Protection Law (FAQ)

  Plants, etc. imported from a foreign country are subject to quarantine for inspection in accordance with the provisions of the Plant Protection Law.

  Also, the Law prohibits importation of certain plants, insects, harmful animals and plants such as ticks and germs, soils and plants with soils, etc. shipped from or transported via certain designated districts, unless specially authorized for importation by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries on the grounds that they are to be used for experimental or research purposes.

  All of above-mentioned import goods are unconditionally subject to official inspection at a quarantine, regardless of whether they are imported in the form of regular freight, hand baggage, international parcel post or other, and regardless of their import volume or import purposes such as for a gift, personal consumption, etc.

  However, the Law also provides that inspections under the Plant Protection Law are not necessary for processed articles such as lumbers, timbers through preservative treatment, woodwork, bamboo work, furniture and fixtures, etc., rattan, corks, hemp sacks, cotton, tea manufacture, dried bamboo shoot, dried fruits such as dried apricots, figs, persimmons, etc.

  For importing those quarantine-required plants, etc., it is necessary to submit to the customs "Certificate of passing plant inspections," "License for plants importation" which have been issued by a Plant Protection Station on the basis of inspection results, and obtain the customs’ confirmation on them.
 For those quarantine-required plants, etc. to be imported in the form of parcel post or hand baggage, the customs will confirm a seal of “Certification of passing plant inspections” which should be stamped by a Plant Protection Station on the imported plants, etc. or their container/package.


(Article 70 of the Customs Law, item 1, section 3, paragraph 70 of the General Notification of the Customs Law, Articles 6, 7 and 8 of the Plant Protection Law and Article 19 of the Cabinet Order for Enforcement of the Plant Protection Law)


Yokohama Plant Protection StationTel: +81-45-211-7152 ~ 7154
  Sapporo BranchTel: +81-11-852-1809
  Shiogama BranchTel: +81-22-362-6916
  Niigata BranchTel: +81-25-244-4401
  Narita Branch (Narita Airport) 
    1st PTBTel: +81-476-32-6694
    2nd PTBTel: +81-476-34-2352
    1st Air cargo in chargeTel: +81-476-32-6690
    2nd Air cargo in chargeTel: +81-476-32-6660
  Tokyo BranchTel: +81-3-3599-1137
  Haneda Airport Branch
  (In charge of passengers)
  (In charge of air cargoes)

Tel: +81-3-5757-9790
Tel: +81-3-5757-9792
Nagoya Plant Protection StationTel: +81-52-651-0112, 0113
  Chubu Airport Branch 
    (In charge of passengers)Tel: +81-569-38-8433
    (In charge of air cargoes)Tel: +81-569-38-8439
  Fushiki-Toyama BranchTel: +81-766-44-0954
  Shimizu BranchTel: +81-543-52-3775
Kobe Plant Protection StationTel: +81-78-331-2386, 2376, 4201
  Kansai Airport Branch 
    (In charge of passengers)Tel: +81-72-455-1936
    (In charge of air cargoes)Tel: +81-72-455-1938
  Osaka BranchTel: +81-6-6571-0801
  Hiroshima BranchTel: +81-82-251-5881
  Sakaide BranchTel: +81-877-46-4108
Moji Plant Protection StationTel: +81-93-321-2601
  Fukuoka BranchTel: +81-92-291-2504
  Fukuoka Airport BranchTel: +81-92-477-7575
  Kagoshima BranchTel: +81-99-222-1046
  Kagoshima Airport Branch
  Naze Branch
Tel: +81-995-58-2428
Tel: +81-997-52-0459
Naha Plant Protection StationTel: +81-98-868-2850
  Naha Airport BranchTel: +81-98-857-0054

Website of the Plant Protection Station

For consultations on customs procedures, please contact the nearest Customs Counselor.
Please see No. 9301 for inquiries.