Customs performs a wide range of roles
which may be classified into five categories: taxation, Customs clearance,
surveillance and control, supervision of Hozei areas and compilation of
Goods imported into Japan are generally subject to Customs
duties and other taxes such as consumption tax. Customs collect those duties
Under the Customs Law, any person who is to export or import
goods must submit a declaration to the Director-General of Customs. Customs
checks the legitimacy of the export and/or import declarations and examines
the goods, if required.
Surveillance and Control
Customs enforcement activities are conducted 24 hours a day to
prevent and intercept the smuggling of illicit drugs, firearms, and other
contraband. To strengthen enforcement activities at national borders
effectively and efficiently, Customs cooperates closely with relevant
authorities, such as international agencies and foreign Customs.
Supervision of Hozei Areas
Customs supervises Hozei areas, such as Hozei warehouses and
Hozei manufacturing warehouses, in which the collection of Customs duty,
consumption tax, and so on is temporarily suspended.
Compilation of Trade Statistics
Customs compiles trade statistics and discloses them in
accordance with the Customs Law and the provisions of the International
Convention on Economic Statistics.
In Japan, the Customs Law is the basic law for
You can learn more about business
with Japan from the Japan
Ministry of Economy .
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