Destination Guide | Tokyo Japan

Inbound Customs Procedures

Estimated Time needed after arrival at POE to clear and deliver the shipment

Please note that the following times are approximate and can vary depending on port and customs conditions.

From arrival in Japan:

  • Air: 3-5 working days
  • Loose container load (LCL): 7-10 working days
  • Full container load (FCL): 5-7 working days

Documents and Information Required

  1. Copy of passport. Clear photocopy of the picture page and personal data, Japanese entry stamp and Japanese visa required. Original letter on company letterhead may be submitted in lieu of Japanese visa if application will be/has been submitted to Japan Immigration Office.  If returning Japanese National, customs will require photocopies of all pages of the passport.
  2. Original Unaccompanied Declaration Form-5360 – One page form, which must be requested from the inbound flight crew of the passenger airline. Two copies must be completed identically and submitted to the Customs Official at the airport of arrival. The Customs Official will stamp both copies and returning one to the customer. It is this original which we need to clear the shipment. A letter to customs may be submitted in place of this form, but it is recommended to obtain the Unaccompanied Declaration Form-5360.
  3. Copy of work visa from country of origin if the foreign national is not currently living in his/her country of nationality.
  4. Keys of locked items (if not provided, the locks will be broken).
  5. Detailed list of wine and alcohol if shipped. We strongly suggest these items are not included in air the shipment, as inspection and delays will cause additional charges. Placement into the sea freight shipment is advised.
  6. Video cassette tapes/DVDs’ listing: approx number of tapes/dvd’s and subject matter (movies, sports, children programs, etc.)
  7. New articles listing with purchase receipts

*Note-In order to clear household goods duty free, the owner of the goods must be in Japan during the clearance process. We will need a copy of their arrival stamp.

Prohibited Items

100% restriction

  • Firearms, swords, blowguns and ammunition – weapons in general
  • Pornographic materials
  • Meat products such as beef jerky, sausage, ham, etc.
  • Live plants
  • Items requiring quarantine certificates: rooted plants, animal furs, shell fish, and live animals

Dutiable Items

When declared or identified by Customs:

Alcohol

Must be declared and restricted to personal consumption only. Three bottles duty-free allowance per person if Unaccompanied Baggage Form is completed. Since duties are minimal, we suggest all alcohol be declared. Keep the number of bottles under 100 to avoid excessive duties.

  • Dutiable – less than 100 bottles:
  • Wine and beer – JPY150 per bottle
  • Whiskey, bourbon and brandy - JPY375 per bottle
  • Rum, gin and vodka - JPY300 per bottle
  • Other - JPY225 per bottle

We strongly suggest these item are not included in air the shipment, as inspection and delays will cause additional charges. Placement into the sea freight shipment is advised.

New furniture

5% - 10% of value with a receipt or commercial invoice required. Shippers allow JPY200,000 per person tax deduction on any new furniture items if Unaccompanied Declaration Form-5360 is completed upon arrival into Japan.

New clothing

5% of value with a receipt or commercial invoice required.

Electrical appliances

No duty but 5% consumption tax based on purchase price if newly purchased.

Other Duties

Motor Vehicles

Vehicle must be for personal use only. Owner must complete Declaration Form-536012 to enter vehicle duty free. Many private vehicles require various modifications, which may cost JPY2500,000 - JPY500,000.