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How-to Ship to Japan Guide


The only Asian member of the G-7, Japan is an economic and demographic trend-setter among the world’s advanced countries. It is a technology and manufacturing powerhouse that plays a leading role in the global economy and global supply chains. Japan is among the world’s largest and most advanced producers of motor vehicles, electronic equipment, machine tools, steel and non-ferrous metals, ships, chemicals, textiles and processed foods.

Capital :  Tokyo
Population:  126,168,156 (July 2018 est.)
Area:  364,485 sq. km
Language:  Japanese
Currency:  Yen ¥

Major industries include motor vehicles, electronic equipment, machine tools, steel and nonferrous metals, ships, chemicals, textiles, processed foods.

Source:  CIA World Factbook

Your primer on entering this market begins with a few insights on how business is done.

Ease of Doing Business

Japan offers a favorable environment for foreign companies and investors to form partnerships with local businesses both in terms of an increasingly relaxed business administration and easy access to all necessary facilities. Japanese consumers are well known for being early adopters, and are a prime testing ground for innovative and novel products looking to enter the Asian market for the first time.

Limited Investment Risk

Japan remains a large, wealthy and sophisticated market with world class corporations, research facilities and technologies. Risks associated with investment in many other countries, such as expropriation and nationalization, are not a concern. Japan has an independent judiciary, consistently applied commercial law, and strong intellectual property protections.

Getting Started

Visit our international shipping section for step-by-step instructions on how to ship, including:

  1. Select a shipping service
  2. Choose a billing option
  3. Prepare your shipping label
  4. Create required documentation
  5. Entrust it to UPS for delivery
  6. Track your shipment

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UPS in Japan

Established: 1990

Employees: 900+

Flights: 32 weekly

Air Hubs: Narita International Airport - NRT; Kansai International Airport - KIX

Operating Facilities: 55

Essential Information

  • Import/Export


    Use this UPS Country and Territory Regulations tool to find all of the specific documentation and regulations that may affect your international shipments.

    •    Import and export forms
    •    Customs clearance information and duties and taxes
    •    Areas served
    •    Billing options
    •    Gift exemptions
    •    Invoice requirements
    •    Items classified as documents
    •    Prohibited or restricted items
    •    Transportation options
    •    Special clearance requirements
    •    Value limits
    •    Weight and size limits

  • Customs Brokerage

    Customs Brokerage

    Our expertise with Japan’s unique documentation and customs requirements may help to reduce the chance of delays and extra fees. We offer 24/7 customs services with commodity and security inspections, smooth entry into the country and
    clearance procedures that begin before our planes land.

  • UPS services

    UPS® Services

    UPS offers faster and more delivery options to Japan than other carriers.

    • Package and freight transportation
    • Calculate time and cost

  • UPS Capital

    UPS Capital®

    UPS Capital offers a suite of financial and insurance services to help protect your bottom line and grow your top line. Options for exporters can include cargo insurance and trade credit insurance which can help mitigate the risks of selling globally.

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