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Japan Customs Implements Amendments to Combat Abusive Practices in Import Procedures

  • Japan customs implements vital amendments to combat abusive practices
  • Changes issued by Japanese customs authorities on June 30, 2023
  • Aim of amendments is to address and reduce abusive practices in customs procedures
  • Amendments aim to create a more transparent, fair, and efficient system for trade and imports
  • Foreign entities can no longer use a Japanese company as their Importer of Record (IOR)
  • Non-resident importers must use an Attorney for Customs Procedure (ACP) when importing into Japan
  • New fields added to the Import Declaration form, including information on importer and relationship with ACP
  • Additional changes to the form will come into effect in October 2025


Note that this post was (partially) written with the help of AI. It is always useful to review the original source material, and where needed to obtain (local) advice from a specialist.


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