When the goods are transported to the Japanese port or airport, they will be unloaded in the bonded area or shed designated by the customs, waiting for the customs to go through the formalities of inspection, tax payment, and release. Imported goods are generally declared to the customs by a registered customs broker on behalf of the importer.
In addition to submitting the custom declaration form, the importer must submit the following documents at the time of customs declaration:
1. The Import declaration form
The import declaration must indicate the shipping mark, shipping order number, product name and quantity value of the goods; where the goods are of origin, place of purchase, place of shipment and carrying vessels or aircraft Name, registration mark, and nationality.
2. The Commercial invoice
The Commercial invoice does not specify a special form, but at least it must be signed by the consignor. Commercial invoices for customs valuation must indicate a shipping mark number, name, full name of the goods, quantity listed in the Brussels tariff catalog number: B total price and unit price of the goods; C details, including freight, insurance.
3. Packing list
The packing list will be showed how the goods are been packed including the gross weight, net weight of the goods, carton numbers, cartons size information, and total volume of the shipment.
4. Certificate of Origin
Certificate of Origin is certified by local chambers of commerce or Japanese consulates and diplomats at places where goods are produced, purchased, or shipped.
5. Bill of lading
Three signed Original bill of lading, if goods are shipped via air freight, normally Bill of Lading is forwarded by the bank, and two unsigned copies are delivered directly to the consignee. The items actually required are usually specified in the consignee’s letter of credit.