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3102 Importation of Salt (FAQ)


 Anyone intending to import salt for personal sale or use as provided for in the Salt Industry Law must do the following procedures.

1. Anyone intending to import salt for sale (including personal use) is required to file registration as a Specified Wholesaler of Salt with the Director-General of customs.
2. Anyone intending to sell salt for specific purposes is required to file notification as a Specified Wholesaler of Special-use Salt with the Director-General of customs.
In this case, a Special-use Salt means:
(1) Salt categorized as quasi-drug or cosmetics as provided for in the Article 2 of the Controlled Substance Act;
(2) Sodium chloride reagent;
(3) Salt used as a culture medium for bacteria in study and research, etc., and  salt solely used for academic research or education;
(4) Salt used only as a catalyst in the copper plating process, etc.
(5) Salt which comes in the form of a block, such as a cube or globe that contains metallic components like zinc, iron, etc.;
(6) Salt with a sodium chloride content of 60% or less; and the sodium chloride cannot be easily separated from other components; and
(7) Salt sold to designated buyers on a trial basis, with annual sales less than 100 tons.

  Please contact a Customs Examiner in charge of general rules of the Customs Area Division of the nearest customs office for details.

  • For inquiries concerning special dealers (import and sales), please contact a Customs Examiner in charge of general rules of the Customs Area Division of the nearest customs office.
Hakodate Customs Hakodate Port Common Government Bldg.
24-4, Kaigan-cho, Hakodate-shi 040-8561
Tel: +81-138-40-4256
Tokyo Customs Tokyo Port Common Government Bldg.
2-7-11, Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-8615
Tel: +81-3-3599-6338
Yokohama Customs Yokohama Shinko Common Government Bldg.
1-6-1, Shinko Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi
Nagoya Customs 2-3-12, Irihune, Minato-ku, Nagoya-shi 455-8535
Tel: +81-52-654-4124
Osaka Customs Osaka Port Common Government Bldg.
4-10-3, Chikko, Minato-ku, Osaka-shi 552-0021
Tel: +81-6-6576-3361
Kobe Customs 12-1, Shinko-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi 650-0041
Tel: +81-78-333-3155
Moji Customs Moji Port Common Government Bldg.
1-3-10, Nishi-kaigan, Moji-ku, Kitakyushu-shi
Tel: +81-50-3530-8401
Nagasaki Customs 1-36, Dejima-machi, Nagasaki-shi 850-0862
Tel: +81-95-828-8668
Okinawa Regional Customs Naha Port Common Government Bldg.
2-11-1, Minatomachi, Naha-shi 900-0001
Tel: +81-98-862-9281

  • For inquiries concerning manufacturers and wholesalers of salt, please contact the nearest finance bureau or the financial section of the Okinawa General Bureau. (Financial Section 3 of the Kanto Local Finance Bureau, Financial Section 2 of the Kinki Local Finance Bureau)

Hokkaido Local Finance Bureau
Sapporo 1st Common Government Bldg.
2, Kita-hachijo-nishi, Kita-ku, Sapporo-shi
Tel: +81-11-709-2311 (Switchboard)
Tohoku Local Finance Bureau
Sendai Common Government Bldg.
3-3-1, Honcho, Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi 980-8436
Tel: +81-22-263-1111 (Switchboard)
Kanto Local Finance Bureau
1st Bldg., Saitama-Shintoshin Common Government Bldg.
1-1, Shintoshin, Chuo-ku, Saitama-shi 330-9716
Tel: +81-48-600-1121
Hokuriku Local Finance Bureau
Kanazawa Shin-kanda Common Government Bldg.
4-3-10, Shin-kanda, Kanazawa-shi 921-8508
Tel: +81-76-292-7852
Tokai Local Finance Bureau
3-3-1, Sannomaru, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi 460-8521
Tel: +81-52-951-1784
Kinki Local Finance Bureau
4th Bldg., Osaka Common Government Bldg.
4-1-76, Otemae, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi 540-8550
Tel: +81-6-6949-6368
Chugoku Local Finance Bureau
4th Bldg., Hiroshima Common Government Bldg.
6-30, Kami-Hacchobori, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi
Tel: +81-82-221-9221 (Switchboard)
Shikoku Local Finance Bureau
South Bldg., Takamatsu Sunport Common Government Bldg. 3-33, Takamatsu-shi Sunport 760-8550
Tel: +81-87-811-7780 (Switchboard)
Kyushu Local Finance Bureau
Kumamoto Common Government Bldg.
2-10-1, Kasuga, Nishiku, Kumamoto-shi 860-8585
Tel: +81-96-353-6351 (Switchboard)
Fukuoka Local Finance Branch Bureau
Fukuoka Common Government Bldg.
2-11-1, Hakataeki-higashi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi 812-0013
Tel: +81-92-411-7281 (Switchboard)
Okinawa General Bureau
(Finance Department)
Naha 2nd Common Government Bldg. 2-1-1, Omoromachi, Naha-shi 900-8530
Tel: +81-98-866-0092
  • For general inquiries concerning the system, please contact the Tobacco and Salt Industries Office of the Ministry of Finance (3-1-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. Tel: +81-3-3581-4111)


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