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Customs procedures for export in Japan

Customs Procedures

Japan Customs provides a list of Goods with Prohibitions, Controls and Restrictions.
Export Taxes
No tax is levied on exports.
Exports are also exempt from consumption tax.
Export Clearance
Goods intended for export must be taken to the customs area (Hozei area) or to a place specifically authorised for storage. The exporter or his delegate (known as a customs broker) prepares an export declaration describing the nature, quantity and value of the goods to be exported.
This declaration is accompanied by supporting documents such as invoices and, if required, by other documents, i.e. permits, approvals or licenses.
The Japanese Customs website explains how to fill in the export declaration form.
When an exporter exports the same type of goods on a regular basis, export procedures can be expedited by using the Comprehensive Prior Examination System, in advance. The Japanese Customs website explains the conditions in which it can apply.
Necessary Declaration
The following documents must be submitted to Customs.
- Export Declaration (Customs form C-5010)
- Invoice
- Other documents: Certifications, permits, or approvals required by other laws and regulations.

Controlling the Quality of the Products

Quality Control Organizations
Japanese Society for Quality Control JSQC
BureauVeritas Japan

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Organize a transportation of goods to and from Japan

Main Useful Means of Transport
In fiscal year 2018 (latest data available), motor vehicles accounted for over 51 percent of the total payload distance in domestic freight transportation within Japan; followed by cargo ships (43.7%), railways (4.7%) and airlines (0.2%).
Japan has 128 ports, including 23 main ports, situated along the Japanese coastline. The 'Three Major Bays' handle approximately 35% of all port cargo in Japan and consist of Tokyo Bay (six harbours, including Yokohama and Tokyo), Osaka Bay (five harbours including Kobe and Osaka) and Ise Bay (five harbours including Nagoya).
In 2019, it is estimated that the coastal cargo volume was of 342.2 millions of metric tonnes, whereas the domestic air cargo volumes was 0.787 million of metric tonnes.

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By Road

Transport Professionals
Fukuyama Transporting Co., Ltd.
Sagawa Express
Keihin Co., Ltd.
Yamato Transport Company
Government Transport Organisations
Road Bureau

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By Rail

Transport Professionals
Government Transport Organisations
Railway Bureau

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