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Back to news... 28 July 2011 Worldwide Parcel Services - Parcels To Japan

Parcels shipped to Japan can now be quite competitive with a cost of £32.52 for a 1kg package, £42.03 for a 5kg package and a £129.71 for a 30kg package (we now offer a fast and secure 30kg parcel courier service). These are for air delivery via our Quick Quote menu featured at the top of this page, and include all items that can be legitimately sent by air. It is necessary to check what can and what cannot be sent as the list does throw up some unexpected bans. Perfumes and similar items are ones, which spring to mind.

Japan is one of the major trading companies of the world and the parcel delivery to this part of the world is swift and very efficient provide the administration and paperwork has been carried out correctly. Be certain to double check the customs and duties that are levied on parcels to Japan as these will need to be paid on exit from the Japanese customs and arrangements will have to be made via the receiver or importer or via the parcel services clearing house arrangements.

The schedule for customs duties is as follows:

  1. Alcoholic beverages
  2. Wine 70 yen / litre
  3. Distilled beverages 20 yen / litre
  4. Sake and other beverages 30 yen / litre
  5. Clothing and certain foodstuffs 20%
  6. Coffee, tea, and other goods 15%
  7. Vegetables and fruits and other foodstuffs 10%
  8. Tableware, furniture, toys and games 3%
  9. Rubber, paper etc free
  10. Other products 5%

You can get an advance classification ruling from the customs departments on request from the importers although it is a little complex in form filling.

There is a consumption tax of 5% on all goods imported or produced in Japan. The amount of tax payable is based on the customs department’s estimate of the value of the goods including any duties and tax liable on the goods. There are certain duties which are payable on goods which are of a certain kind such as alcohol, tobacco products and other goods upon which a type of excise duty is charged.

There are also certain temporary tariffs, which may be levied for a certain period in time depending on special circumstances. There are also certain rates, which are agreed at the WTO (World Trade Organisation) where agreements are made for favoured nation status. There are also 3 trade agreements between Japan and Singapore, Japan and Mexico and Japan and Malaysia, which apply to goods originating in these countries.

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