Kokusai Express has built a one-stop service system that organically combines international transport, customs clearance, and bonded cargo forwarding, contributing to enhancing customer convenience and reducing their logistics costs.
Kokusai Express provides export/import customs clearance service pursuing customer satisfaction with the motto of accuracy, speed, and safety based on years of experience while handling various cargos ranging from general cargo to various large plants equipment.
Kokusai Express Japan dispatches its professional customs assistants who help the customs clearance procedure depending on cargo features in its export/import logistics center located at the Japanese nationwide ports and airports, providing a rapid response system for inland transport, maritime transport and air transport.
Besides the 10 Japanese harbors inTokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, Osaka, Kobe, Hakata, Moji, Shimonoseki, Niigata, and Sendai, Kokusai Express can provide export/import customs clearance services at any port in any other areas, so feel free to consult with us.
As the market goes toward globalization, Kokusai Express provides the best services via FTA-related affairs and trading consulting. Rapid provision of trade environment and legal service enables the company to provide stable information and knowledge and services as a partner working for your success.
Major Customs Clearance Services
- Export/import customs clearance service (general goods, dangerous goods, return cargo)
- Quarantine agency service (animals, plants, food)
- Customs clearance consulting service (FTA, trade consulting)
The advantages of using our customs officers services
- Kokusai Express operates a specialized team consisting of customs officers who have abundant experience in each work area for customs clearance by thoroughly reviewing prior article taxation number, tax cut, duty-free and origins.
- Customized customs clearance process by grasping import goods by each company and handling item
- After receiving import declaration, build up a post-consideration system by taxation price and number.
- Establish the nationwide customs clearance network system.
Customs Clearance Procedure
Export/importing cargo from/to foreign countries requires an export declaration or import declaration to customs to obtain a permit. This is generally called the customs clearance procedure.’
Customs reviews whether the declared details are exact and accurate and if necessary conducts requisite inspection depending on the cargo. Since some cargo needs to undergo the procedures prescribed in the applicable laws and regulations including the Food Sanitation Act, the Plant Quarantine Act and the Prevention of Contagious Diseases Act besides the Customs Act, the Customs finally confirms the declared contents in the course of customs clearance process to check the compliance with such procedures.
Cargo inspection is conducted not only on an external basis but also by the latest equipment (X-ray inspection devices, an analysis device, etc.). The inspection conducted by the customs is also important to maintain public safety and security from harmful goods and substances such as– drugs, stimulants, and guns, which should not be flown into the domestic territory. The export/import permit is generally granted after such customs consideration and inspections are all finished; but the import permit is in principle granted only after the evidence document identified with applicable taxes (tariff, consumption tax, etc.) paid for each item.
Import Customs Clearance Declaration
When cargo from a foreign country arrives in Japan by ship or aviation, such cargo is classified as foreign cargo and temporarily stored in the bonded area at the port or airport. Such imported foreign cargo’s conversion into domestically distributable cargo requires import permit via an import declaration to the competent customs in the bonded area where such cargo is stored.
Import declaration requires confirmation of item name, quantity and price based on the relevant documents (invoice, packing list, B/L, and others); and the submission of the completed declaration form, with the necessary contents, filled out, to the customs. Occasionally, cargo inspection is conducted by the customs prior to import permit.
Customs officers compare item number with actual cargo, confirm whether the item violates any applicable laws and regulations, and check whether the item falls under the banned articles for export/import according to the applicable laws and regulations. the importer pays any and all duty according to the Customs Act and the Tariff Law and any and all added tax according to the Added Tax Act, he/she is to be granted import permit.
Export Customs Clearance Declaration
When exporting cargo from Japan to foreign countries, the exporter must carry the cargo into the bonded area and make an export declaration to the competent customs.
The export declaration requires confirmation of cargo quantity, weight, and condition and reservation for ship/airplane and also evidentiary document (invoice, packing list, B/L, and other certificates required according to the applicable laws and regulations).
When a customs clearance agency is commissioned to declare export, he/she confirms the acts the cargo is subject to for export and whether the cargo violates any applicable laws and regulations. tThen, he/she writes declaration form and obtains approval from customers and acts as a proxy of export declaration in accordance with ship/airplane timetable. The cargos permitted for export by the customs are considered as foreign cargo and handled by a specialized logistics company.
Overview of NACCS
NACCS stands for the Nippon Automated Cargo and Port Consolidated System, which connects on an online platform the customs, relevant administrative agencies, aviation companies, shippers, customs clearance companies, warehousing companies, transport companies, shipping agencies, and financial institutions, providing rapid and efficient international logistics services to all users – an electronic information communication system.
Particular Export Cargo Customs Clearance Procedure
Particular export cargo customs clearance is a customs clearance procedure by which the domestic cargo that is to be exported is not carried into the bonded area but declared for export; this can be conducted only by the exporters who have obtained prior approval from the Head of Customs.
Particular Import Cargo Customs Clearance Procedure
The customs clearance procedure for particular import is a procedure to divide import declaration and payment of duty imposed on such cargo to be conducted, which is only applied to the particular importers who have been previously designated by the head of the competent customs.
Contact Us for All Export/Import Services
Head office: Tel. 03-5776-1180 / Fax. 03-5776-1185
Tokyo Sales Office 1: Tel. 03-5755-1011 / Fax. 03-5755-1005
Tokyo Sales Office 2: Tel. 03-6303-6010 / Fax. 03-5755-8334
Narita Customs Center: Tel. 0479-85-6040 / Fax. 0479-85-6045
Haneda Sales Office: Tel. 03-6412-9088 / Fax. 03-3747-0526
Yokohama Sales Office: Tel. 045-227-6261 / Fax. 045-227-6034
Osaka Sales Office: Tel. 06-4703-1234 / Fax. 06-4703-1239
Kobe Sales Office: Tel. 078-881-2620 / Fax. 078-881-2625
Korea (Seoul): Tel. 82-2-3143-5555 / Fax. 82-2-3143-5588
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