Importer of Record Japan

Shipping Inventory To Amazon Japan?

If you are about to ship inventory to Amazon Japan, then you need to know this:

Amazon cannot serve as the declarant, importer of record, or consignee on any customs documentation for goods you send to an Amazon warehouse in Japan.

In short, Amazon will not act as your importer. To sell on Amazon Japan using Fulfilment by Amazon you will need an Importer of Record.

You will need either an Importer of Record or Attorney of Custom Procedures to help you ship to an Amazon fulfillment center in Japan. You will also need to ship delivered duty paid.


Delivered Duty Paid Shipping

Delivered Duty Paid (DDP) are the required incoterms  (International Commercial Terms ) when shipping your goods to an Amazon FC in Japan from abroad. You must confirm with your shipping carrier that they accept DDP shipment.

What is Delivered Duty Paid (DDP)?

Delivered Duty Paid (DDP) means you as a shipper/exporter will cover all the costs of transport including duties and taxes.

DDP is the mandatory incoterms – Amazon will not cover duties and taxes for FBA shipments.

What do I need to do?

  1. Confirm with your shipping carrier that they allow DDP.
  2. Indicate DDP on both the Commercial Invoice and the shipment waybill under Incoterms.

If you use a shipping carrier that does not allow DDP, your shipment will be rejected by Amazon and held at Japan Customs. You would then need to request their return at your expense.

How Much Import Duty and Consumption Tax Will I Have To Pay?

Import duty is commonly 3 to 5% based on the total customs value of the imported goods where the commercial value is 200,000 yen or less per importation.

Consumption tax is imposed at the rate of 8% on, in general, all goods imported into or manufactured in Japan. The amount of consumption tax payable on imported goods is calculated on the basis of the customs value of the goods plus customs duty payable and, where applicable, other excise taxes payable.

Although we can act as your IOR for food products and supplements, will be unable to act on your behalf for the following products:
  • Pharmaceutical Drugs
  • Medical devices
  • Cosmetic products
  • Counterfeit products
  • And any items prohibited under Japanese law


Need an Importer of Record?

We can help. Please fill in the contact for below and we’ll get back to you.

Please provides us with details of the product/s wish to import to Japan including the value of your shipment (what you paid to your manufacturer/supplier).

If you are currently selling the product you wish to import to Japan on Amazon US or Amazon UK, please provide us with a link to your Amazon listing in the message text box area below.