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IOR – Importer of record / Logistics

We (and other clients) have used a company called Zino to ship from China – Amazon FBA in Japan.

They include acting as “importer of record” in their service. They have a minimum delivery of 2 cubic metres. Contact Oliver:

 If you want to use your own shipping company then you will need to use an importer of record service for Japan like one of these:

IOR Importer of record Providers for Japan:


Import Compliance

Japan has strict import controls for some product categories:

  • Food & Drink
  • Food containers
  • Cutlery
  • Supplements
  • Health products like Vitamins & supplements & medical products
  • Electric products
  • Toys
  • Beauty products like skincare & make-up
  • Sharp objects – knives etc
  • Compressed gases

The Japan External trade Organization has some useful resources here:

Amazon Japan has some information here:

For product testing an international product testing company like can help.


For Tax enquiries please contact simplyvat Their website is focussed on EU information but they have someone in their team to handle Japan.

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