Shipping From The USA To Japan Guide

Every relocation is different. Moving from Japan to USA can be advantageous, either for school, job opportunities, language learning, or just because you want a change of scenario. Whatever the case might be, you are moving to another continent leaving your friends and family behind. Then, you might need to send them some gifts, or items that they really want. For this reason, you should know all the details about shipping from the USA to Japan. Just like any country, Japan also has certain regulations and total bans of some items. Make sure to check them all before sending your parcel. 

General regulations 

The best way to check whether you can ship your item is on the official Japanese customs website. There you will find all the important information. You can change the language into English so if you are not a fluent speaker of Japanese, you can still check the restrictions. In addition to this, there are two more important things to pay attention to. First, make sure you complete the booking process properly. The reason is quite simple, the local customs authority needs to see what is inside your package so they can charge the proper fees. Additionally, they need to check whether your parcel is prohibited or not. Lastly, you will not pay any additional taxes if the total value of your parcel is less than 10,000 yen. If it is more than this amount, you can either pay those taxes or the receiver of the parcel. 

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Follow rules for shipping

Shipping from the USA to Japan – prohibited items 

Make sure to check on the Japanese official websites all the prohibited items. However, here is a shortlist of the most common items. It is worth mentioning that these items also prohibited for storing in storage units Japan. 

  • Fresh food 
  • Animals 
  • Aerosols 
  • Diary 
  • Furs 
  • Plants 
  • Tobacco 
  • Nail Polish 
  • Seeds 

Sending parcels to Japan 

Here are a few scenarios and what to know in case when you are shipping from the USA to Japan. 

Sending food to Japan is possible if you follow the basic rules. Food must be in the original packaging and sealed. It has to have a list of all ingredients. Food must have a shelf life that is longer than 6 months, otherwise, it will be labeled as perishables. Then, shipping from the USA to Japan will not be possible. 

If you are sending gifts to Japan, then you can prevent extra shipping costs and delays. Make sure to label your parcel as a gift and to be very specific about its contents. Your gift-wrapped item put in an additional box, otherwise, your decoration will not survive customs. 

Sending parcels to remote areas will cost you more. $0.50 per kg will be added to the total distance. 

shipping from the USA to Japan a small gift
Wrap your gift properly

Tips & Tricks for shipping from the USA to Japan

As you can see, these are all the important things you should know about shipping from the USA to Japan. For more detailed information, contact the customs authority either in Japan or the USA. 

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