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Shipping to Japan from the UK

Ship to Japan with PACK & SEND. With over 25 years’ experience organising international shipments, we provide peace of mind over safe and timely delivery.

From Hokkaido to Kyushu, we deliver your valuable and sentimental items securely, anywhere in the country.

Here, you’ll find all the rules and regulations regarding shipping to Japan and how you can work with PACK & SEND for effortless international delivery.

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Delivery to Japan

Take the hassle out of international delivery, with PACK & SEND. We specialise in packing and shipping large, fragile and awkward items and there’s nothing we can’t deliver.

Our service centre experts make light work of shipping to Japan. We’ll personally collect your items, pack them using the latest secure technology and provide doorstep delivery in Japan.

Whether you’re shipping to overseas customers or celebrating Ochugen or Oseibo by sending gifts to loved ones in Japan – trust PACK & SEND for safe, secure and speedy delivery.

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Customs regulations for shipping to Japan

All international deliveries from the UK require customs documents. When you work with a courier service, they will be able to supply this commercial invoice form and help you complete it.

These forms must be completed accurately and in detail or you risk having your items confiscated at the border or returned to you in the UK at a charge.

This includes the name and address of the sender and recipient, plus details about the contents of the parcel, including a description of its items and their value.

Include as much detail as possible about your items. For example, instead of writing ‘clothes’, put ‘2 red cotton t-shirts, made in England’.

Parcels valued up to JPY 10,000 are exempt from import taxes. Over this amount, the receiver will have to pay a 10% charge on the value of the shipment – so bear this in mind when sending valuable gifts to friends and family overseas.

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What can I send to Japan?

Each country has unique rules around what can and cannot be imported. Before you organise a shipment to Japan, make sure your items are permitted for import.

Some items are strictly prohibited from import to Japan and others will require a specialised license or permit.

Items that are either prohibited or restricted include:

  • Certain foods, including meat and dairy products
  • Plants
  • Certain cosmetics and toiletries

If you’re still unsure, speak to your courier provider or contact the Japanese postal service directly for clarification.

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Addressing mail to Japan

Check Japan’s local addressing guidelines before sending parcels, or you risk your items being delayed or even returned to you.

The receiver’s name goes on the first line, with the building name and room number – or street address – on the second line.

The district code, block and city then appear on the third line, with the prefecture and a 7-digit postcode on the fourth line.

For example:

Mr Taro Yamada
Flora Kokubunji 21
1-4-5 Higashimotomachi, Kokubunji
Tokyo 185-0022

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The international shipping experts

PACK & SEND makes light work of shipping to Japan. We get your items around the world in impressive time and you can even follow your item’s journey via our tracking service.

Our 25 years’ experience in international shipping gives you peace of mind of safe delivery. But adding our comprehensive cover protects you against the cost of loss or damage in transit if the worst happens.

Get a bespoke online quote for delivery to Japan with PACK & SEND. Or for more information, contact one of our service centre specialists.

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What items are prohibited to send to Japan?

Japan, like any country, has a list of restricted goods which they will not allow into the country. These include obscene or immortal metals, firearms or narcotics. If you wanted to see a full list of prohibited items you can see it on the Japan Post website – https://www.post.japanpost.jp/int/UGX/restriction_en.html. Whilst these goods are prohibited for import, solutions can be found in some circumstances, contact your local service centre for more information.

What ways are there to get an item sent to Japan?

Air and sea freight services are both offered by PACK & SEND for all shipments to Japan. For more information on these services visit this page – https://www.packsend.co.uk/business-solutions/international-freight-and-shipping/.

How long will my things take to reach Japan?

Customs clearance can lead to changes in how long it takes for things to get to countries like Japan. Due to this factor, we can only offer estimates for how long items might take to arrive in Japan. Shipping by air we can estimate a delivery time of 5-7 days and by sea 7-9 weeks.


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