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Japan Import Restrictions

In order to enter Japan, certain goods are subject to specific controls and, regardless of their value and quantity, they require the consent of Japan government, preferably, license must be obtained prior to passage through the customs, preventing the goods from being retained. On this page, you will see what kinds of items are prohibited from entering the Japan, and which items need special documentation before exporting to Japan.

Import restrictions

Senders should determine import restrictions from Japanese authorities before posting:

Special documentation

Items containing merchandise or samples require an invoice in duplicate. Articles more than 200,000 Japanese Yen in value require a certificate of origin. Senders should clearly mark all articles with the purpose of the shipment; for example, gift, merchandise, samples, or unaccompanied goods.

Japan Post requests that any items valued at more than 200,000 Japanese Yen must have a commercial invoice and certificate of origin is attached. Any items received over this value that do not have the attached will be subject to delays.


In addition to items prohibited by Dangerous and Prohibited Goods & Packaging Post Guide and ECI International Courier Regulations, Japan prohibits:

Transporting food of any kind is prohibited under ECI Platinum.