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MovingJapan.com offers a complete port-to-door service, from clearance at Japan Customs to general setup of furniture and disposal of garbage.  This document outlines the steps taken through Japan Customs and delivery of your personal effects to your home.

Table of Contents:

(1) UNACCOMPANIED BAGGAGE – A GENERAL GUIDE

(2) IMPORT PROHIBITED & RESTRICTED ITEMS

(3) JAPAN POINTS OF ENTRY

(4) CONSIGNMENT & NOTIFY INSTRUCTIONS

(5) REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR IMPORT CUSTOMS CLEARANCE FROM

(6) JAPAN DESTINATION RATES

 


 

 

 (1) UNACCOMPANIED BAGGAGE – A GENERAL GUIDE

For the most part, if you are moving to Japan and plan to stay for more than one year, your family's household effects being used by the members of your family may be imported free of duty and/or tax within the limit deemed ‘reasonable’.Impocustoms-declarationrtant Note to Customer:  When arriving in Japan, chances are you will arrive ahead of your personal effects which will follow you by sea or air.  At the time of entry into Japan, you MUST complete a customs declaration in duplicate that clearly mentions you have “Unaccompanied Articles”.  When you have  unaccompanied baggage, two copies of written declaration forms are required to submit at the time of your entry, one of which will be returned to you with the seal of certification by a Customs officer. Such declaration is necessary to obtain duty and/or tax exemption status.  Such unaccompanied baggage must be in your custody within six months after your arrival. The sealed declaration must be presented at the time of clearance of the unaccompanied goods.  

Note:  If baggage is imported by mail, you are required to list this unaccompanied baggage on your declaration, and you should identify the parcel by placing the words "unaccompanied baggage" on the parcel.
Do not loose your returned declaration with the Customs officer’s certification stamp!  After entry, you cannot declare unaccompanied articles and the declaration form cannot be reissued if lost

Normally, all goods are imported as personal effects and without duty.  The following items are exempted and are dutiable if you bring quantities over the allowable limit of Yen 200,000.

Permissible Quantity Item
3 bottles (760ml per bottle) Alcoholic beverages
100 pieces Cigars
400 pieces Cigarettes
500 grams Pipe Tabacco
2 ounces Perfume

 

 (2) IMPORT PROHIBITED & RESTRICTED ITEMS (Examples):

 

Prohibited
  • Narcotic drugs, stimulants, marihuana, MDMA, etc.
  • Firearms such as pistols, revolvers, etc.
  • Counterfeit, altered or imitated bank notes, coins or securities, and forged credit cards
  • Obscene or immoral materials
  • Articles which infringe upon intellectual property rights
  • Explosives (dynamite etc), materials for chemical weapons
Restricted
  • Hunting guns, swords, etc
  • Internationally protected endangered animals,  plants, or their products (eg crocodile, cobras, turtles, ivory, musk, cactus etc).
  • Live animals and plants, meat products, vegetables, fruits, rice, etc.
  • Pharmaceutical products, cosmetics

 

 (3) JAPAN POINTS OF ENTRY (Please limit to these ports/airports):

Please ensure bills of lading and/or air waybills are affreighted to following ports only:

  Kansai Area Kanto Area
Sea Osaka Port Yokohama Port
Air Kansai Airport (Also known as
Osaka International Airport)
Narita Airport


 (4) CONSIGNMENT & NOTIFY INSTRUCTIONS (All shipments):

Please ensure bills of lading and/or waybills are consigned per below.  If the actual shipper already has a registered address in Japan, the Consignee box can show the actual address. 

Consignee:

CUSTOMER NAME (Complete name as in Passport)

C/O VANCOMBE INC

KITA AOYAMA 1-6-4-210, MINATO-KU

TOKYO, JAPAN 107-0061

Notify:

 

VANCOMBE INC

KITA AOYAMA 1-6-4-210, MINATO-KU

TOKYO, JAPAN 107-0061

TEL: 81-3- 6824-5445   FAX 81-3- 6824-5443

EMAIL:  INFO@MOVINGJAPAN.COM

 

 

(5)  REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR IMPORT CUSTOMS CLEARANCE FROM CUSTOMER


In general, the following documents are required for import customers clearance. 

Packing List & Invoice Description of all items contained in each package is required.  Each box or item should contain a declared value.  If you are vague, chances are Customs will elect to further inspect your shipment.
Unaccompanied Personal Affects Declaration Refer to UNACCOMPANIED BAGGAGE section.  You must also supply us with your unaccompanied baggage declaration.

Passport Copy Please send a copy of the following page(s):-
  • The picture page:  The page that contains your signature
  • The information page:  The page showing your name, age, nationality, etc
  • The custom’s entry date page (arrival date):    Your work visa information for Japan that entitles you to stay longer than 6 months
  • If you are coming from a country other than your own, Japan Customs will also require a copy of your work visa for that country.  This is to prove that you have also lived in that country for a certain duration (eg. New purchases versus purchases made as resident).

 

 (6) JAPAN DESTINATION RATES:

If you would like to obtain a quote for import services of personal effects into Japan, please contact us and advise delivery address, Port/Airport of entry, volume & weight.

CUSTOMER NAME (Complete name as in Passport)

C/O VANCOMBE INC

KITA AOYAMA 1-6-4-210, MINATO-KU

TOKYO, JAPAN 107-0061

TEL: 81-3- 6824-5445   FAX 81-3- 6824-5443

EMAIL: INFO@MOVINGJAPAN.COM


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