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Japan Restricted Commodities

Restricted Commodities

Unacceptable Items to Japan by OPAS

The following items are unacceptable for export by OPAS to Japan and if received will be returned to the return address printed on the shipping label:

  • Items that contain any kind of meat extract or juice
  • Pet foods, pet care products, pet supplements
  • Used lanterns (whether lit by oil or gas)
  • blades or knives except for kitchen utensils (including toy blades or knives)
  • E-Cigarette Devices and all cartridges or liquids used with them. Non-Nicotine Cartridges, Nicotine, Cartridges, Nicotine Cartridges, Smoke Juice, Liquid Nicotine, Liquid Vape with Nicotine
  • Medical equipment or parts, dental equipment or parts (such as prescription glasses, hearing aids, first aid kit, and DNA or other medical kit)
  • Items that contradicts trademark or copyright in Japan, such as Converse (税関 Japan Customs in Japanese)
  • String instruments that may be subject to Washington Convention (CITES) (such as Rosewood and Mahogany guitar)


Restricted items to Japan 

  • Supplements, vitamins, over the medicine: two months ruleThere are a number of regulations governing how much of specific substances that customers may import. Chief among these is the “two months rule.” This means that any product, used in a normal dosage or application, can only last two months. For example, if a supplement has a daily dosage of 2 capsules based on the supplements fact on the bottle, then 120 capsules would be the most you could import at once.This regulation applies across items of different kinds for the same usage, as well. For example, different types of seasonal allergy medicine and nasal spray may be considered same usage for allergy treatment, so it has to be up to 2 months total. Sleep aids and melatonin may be also considered same category, as well as different types and brands of pain relief medicine.

    This applies to:
    Over the counter Medicine
    Health Supplements

    (Health Ministry in Japanese http://www.mhlw.go.jp/topics/0104/tp0401-1.html)


  • Cosmetics and Toiletries: 24 pcs per categoryFor cosmetics and toiletries, only up to 24 pieces per category can be imported. For example, only up to 24 pcs of lipsticks can be imported at once, regardless of brand and color. Lipsticks, lip gloss, lip balm, lip pencils may be all considered same category as each are applied to the lips, so only 24 pieces in total can be imported.(Health Ministry in Japanese http://www.mhlw.go.jp/topics/0104/tp0401-1.html)
  • Food and any kitchen relates items: 10 kg (22 lbs)For food, only 10 kgs (22 lbs) can be imported at once. This total includes food, kitchen utensils, kitchen appliances or any kitchen related items.Commercial shipments require import notification and inspection by the Health Ministry.