Japan strictly prohibits entry of narcotics and related utensils, firearms, firearm parts and ammunition, explosives and gunpowder, counterfeit goods or imitation coins or currency, obscene materials, or goods that violate intellectual property rights. Other restricted items include but are not limited to certain agricultural and meat products, endangered species and products such as ivory, animal parts and fur where trade is banned by international treaty.
In addition, Japan imposes restrictions on the sale or use of certain products including those related to health such as medical products, pharmaceuticals, agricultural products and chemicals. For these products, Japanese Customs reviews and evaluates the product for import suitability before shipment to Japan. The use of certain chemicals and other additives in foods and cosmetics is severely regulated and follows a “positive list” approach.
Regarding importation of products for personal use, Japan restricts more than two months’ supply of medicines (drugs or quasi-drugs) or more than 24 units (of normal size) of similar cosmetic products. Please note that body (hand) soaps, shampoos, toothpastes, hair dye and other toiletries fall under the category of quasi-drugs or cosmetics.
Veterinary drugs are subject to import restrictions in accordance with Japan’s Pharmaceutical Affairs Law.