Ready to expand into Japan’s growing ecommerce market? We’ve taken the liberty of highlighting important requirements for shipping into FBA Japan.

Shapiro vs. Courier Services

Shapiro provides services for freight that makes up at least half of a pallet or weighs more than 150 kilos. FBA sellers shipping less than half a pallet of cargo (loose cartons), or fewer than 150 kilos will find it most cost-effective to ship via a courier service, such as FedEx, DHL, or UPS.

Importer of Record Status

Amazon will not act as the Importer of Record for FBA Japan shipments.

Unlike other regions, Japanese Customs does not permit foreign entities to act as the Importer of Record (IOR). The IOR is the party responsible for the import of the goods to Japan, and will be responsible for all the Customs duties and taxes.

To utilize Amazon FBA Japan, you will need to find a company/person that will act as your Importer of Record (Shapiro can assist), or you will need to appoint an Attorney for Customs Procedures, or ACP.

Pallet and Labeling Requirements

Amazon has very strict pallet and labeling requirements. Your shipper (or manufacturer) is responsible for palletizing and labeling the cargo to the mandated specifications. Requirements change frequently, so please visit the following resources for FBA receiving.

Fulfillment by Amazon Japan Shipping Requirements

Shipments that do not meet these requirements may be refused by Amazon Fulfillment Centers, returned to the seller at the seller’s expense, or assessed for non-compliance fees.  Rejections are solely at the discretion of Amazon.

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by World First (a Shapiro Vendorland Member)

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