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Import of food, beverages and food-related products

Updated: Jun 11

When importing for sale, business, or as a corporation, the Food Sanitation Law requires the importer to submit an import notification from the viewpoint of ensuring safety, and foods that do not submit an import notification are sold. Or it is not supposed to be used for business.


The subject of the Food Sanitation Law is not limited to food, but all products that come into contact with food are included, and the main products subject to the Food Sanitation Law are as follows.

  1. Food (including beverages)

  2. Tableware (plates, forks, knives, chopsticks, etc.)

  3. Cookware and containers that come into direct contact with food (grills, bottles for beverages, etc.)

  4. Baby toys


Personal imports of Food-related item

In the case of personal import, if it is 10 kg or less, it is not subject to the Food Sanitation Law and it is possible to import.


If a large household appliance such as a refrigerator weighs more than 10 kg, it is possible to import only one.


However, even if the cargo is 10 kg or less as an individual import, it may be judged by the customs office or the Food Monitoring Division of the Ministry of Health and Welfare as a cargo applicable to the Food Sanitation Law and you may be required to obtain a food notification.



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