Moving to Japan/Personal effects
If you are moving from overseas and shipping your personal items to Japan, the following documents will be required.
1) “Declaration form for unaccompanied and accompanied personal Effects”. This form is available on the airplane. Flight attendants will supply them. Do not forget to get this form and fill out. You then need to get a stamp of confirmation on this form from a customs officer at the airport when you arrive. This is very important as this must be done when you go through the customs at the airport and there is no second chance.
*The goods may be subject to import tax/import duty if you fail to do this.
2) A copy of your passport – the page with your photo, passport number etc. and also the pages with the stamp with the entry date, which you get when you go through the immigrations.
3) Inventory of the packages (It is called packing list)
Make a detailed list for each packages prior to shipping. Without a detailed packing list, your shipment is more likely to be inspected by the customs office.
Shipping to Japan/Commercial cargo
1) Commercial Invoice and packing list
2) Catalogues or the alike may be required depending on the commodity to explain to the customs office what the commodities are.
Normally customs clearance at airports in Japan is very quick compared with customs clearance for sea shipments. Since the destination charges for sea shipments to Japan especially for personal effects are expensive compared with air shipment, you may would like to consider service by air an option when moving to Japan.
We wish you a pleasant stay in Japan.
If you are going to move from Japan to the USA, UK or anywhere in the world, our professional team specialized in international transportation will be glad to help you. As a leading and most innovative international movers and freight forwarding company in Japan specialized in shipping personal effects, we are confident that we can offer you the best shipping service available tailored to your needs.