Japan Prohibited and Restricted Items

FedEx Cross Border is unable to ship prohibited and non-approved restricted items on behalf of its customers.

FedEx Cross Border has prepared a global list of prohibited and restricted items that apply regardless of a shipment's destination. In addition to these global prohibitions and restrictions, individual countries or territories may impose further prohibitions or restrictions on the importation of certain items.

You can refer to the FedEx Cross Border global lists and the Japan country-specific list to help determine whether or not your product is prohibited or restricted for shipment.

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Country Specific List for Japan

Japan Import Prohibitions

  • Airline tickets, blank stock (NI)
  • Airline tickets, issued/validated
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Animal products
  • Animal Quarantine (Antibody, Bacillus, Bacon, Bacteria, Biological Substance, Blood, Bone, Cell, Coliform, Feathers, Feed, Fish Meal, Fur pelts, Guts, Horns, Insect, Jerky (beef/pork), Meat, Pet Food, Protein, Raw Milk, Raw Wool & Leather, Sausage, Semen and Serum)
  • Animal skins
  • Arms & Swords (Ammunition, Cutlass, Dagger, Firearms, Guns, and Knives)
  • Articles that infringe upon rights in patent, utility models, designs, trademarks, or copyrights
  • Blank forms
  • Calendars
  • Chemicals, Haz and Non-Haz
  • Coal & firewood
  • Coffee and Coffee Samples
  • Collectibles (Coins, Stamps and Currency)
  • Cologne and Perfume, Haz and Non-Haz
  • Compact discs
  • Cosmetics
  • Cotton seeds
  • Credit card blanks (NI)
  • Credit cards (NI)
  • Diaries
  • Diplomatic mail
  • Diskettes
  • Drugs (Awakening, Stimulants, Marijuana, Narcotic, Opium, Poppy Straw, Psychotropics)
  • Drugs, Prescription and Non-Prescription
  • Eye glasses and contacts
  • Fabrics & fabric samples
  • Films: 8mm, 16mm & 35mm
  • Films: entertainment
  • Films: promotional, training
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Foodstuffs
  • Glass products
  • Grain samples
  • Isopropanol
  • Laser discs
  • Leather goods
  • Liquids, Haz and Non-Haz
  • Medical samples
  • Medical/dental supplies & equipment
  • Movie Films (35mm & 7mm)
  • Negatives, including x-rays, films
  • Personal Effects
  • Photographs
  • Plant Quarantine (Chia Seeds, Quinoa, Barley, Beans, Clay, Flour, Flowers, Fresh/Dried Fruits, Frozen Fruit, Green Coffee, Hay, Herb, Leaf, Malt, Moss, Nuts, Potpourri, Rice, Seeds, Soil, Spices, Straw, Ginseng, Tea (Teabag accepted), Tobacco, Vegetable, Walnut, Wheat, Wood)
  • Plants
  • Products made in North Korea
  • Seeds
  • Ship spares
  • Shoes
  • Substances containing sodium/calcium cyclamate
  • Swatches
  • Tapes, video cassettes
  • Tea
  • Textile articles
  • Tobacco
  • Toxic/Poisonous Substance
  • Toys

Japan Import Restrictions

  • Alcohol
  • Certain textiles
  • Chemical substances (including Fertilizers)
  • Chemicals
  • Compressed gases and their containers
  • Cosmetics and other products that are used on the human body (hair tonics, bath preparations, etc.)
  • Cutlery, cookware, containers, dishes, etc. used for food, beverages, or for food preparation
  • Dairy Products
  • Drugs and medicines and other products such as eye drops, toothpaste, vitamins, etc. that have an effect on humans or animals
  • Explosives
  • Fertilizer
  • Food, Food additives
  • Goods that may interface with the Japan's public infrastructure (roads, radio frequencies, telephone or power lines, etc.) can clear customs without special documents or prior approval but the end-user or reseller must obtain approval from the responsible government agency before the goods can be used in Japan. Examples of these goods include motor vehicles, electric & telecommunication equipment, radios, telephones, and modems.
  • High pressure Gas
  • Meat and meat products
  • Medical Equipment
  • Medicine
  • Plants and plant products
  • Radioactive Isotopes
  • Rice, wheat and their products
  • Sugar
  • Textiles
  • Toys for babies
  • Tuna, Whale, Seaweed

Contact the FedEx Cross Border Compliance Team

Please note that these lists are provided as a reference only. For any questions about prohibited and restricted items, email the FedEx Cross Border Compliance team.