Import Regulations in Japan

Japan is the fifth largest importer in the world. Its major import industries include electrical, industrial, and medical equipment, petroleum, and liquid natural gas. The size, diversity, and growth of the Japanese economy present great opportunities for foreign traders, but companies seeking to navigate Japan’s import controls effectively must be informed of and comply with Japanese regulations.

Japanese law empowers the government to regulate foreign trade and financial transfers. The government controls imports in order to uphold international commitments, protect public health and safety, and prevent environmental pollution.

Import restrictions in Japan apply to items such as nuclear and radiological materials, chemicals, medications, firearms, plants, and animals.

SECURUS Strategic Trade Solutions, LLC has published a brief describing Japan’s import regulations in the fourth quarter of 2018. Please click here to view “Import Regulations in Japan, Fourth Quarter 2018.”

The author of the brief, SECURUS Associate Amy Brister, describes recent developments in Japan’s import regulations: “The Japanese machinery, aerospace, and pharmaceuticals industries have become especially dynamic import markets. However, Japan’s import regulations are very complex. That is why a major goal of the Japanese government in recent years has been to make the import regulatory system more transparent and accessible to Japanese companies and their foreign business partners.”

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