Shipping to Japan

Japan is an island nation located in East Asia, situated in the Pacific Ocean and consisting of four main islands. Learn all the key information, trends and insights you’ll need to know when shipping to Japan.

Shipping to Japan

Shipping to Japan by numbers


Population circa


Population between ages 15 and 64


Projected users in 2024


eCommerce penetration rate

Most Purchased

  • Fashion
  • Electronics
  • Beauty & Health

Delivery Proposition

  • 100% country coverage
  • Max weight per parcel: 25Kg
  • Max Dimensions: 160cm (L + W + H)
Did you know?

eCommerce revenue in Japan is projected to reach $176.5billion (USD) revenue in 2024

Japan eCommerce Stats

The value of the mobile eCommerce market in Japan in 2022 (in Japanese yen) was 5.74 trillion.

The revenue for the Japanese fashion market is projected to reach $45.62 billion (USD) by 2025.

The revenue for the Japanese electronics market is projected to reach $36.82 billion (USD) by 2025.

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of Japanese consumers are motivated by coupons and discounts when shopping online

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total ecommerce revenue growth between 2023 – 2025

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of the population use the internet

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of online shoppers are aged 45-54 years old

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largest ecommerce market across the globe

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projected growth in online shoppers between 2023 - 2025

Customs clearance guidelines

When formal entry is required, we must provide them with the following:

  • Commercial invoice
  • EMPP (Evidence Money Price Paid) This can be in the form of a debit/credit card statement as evidence of price paid.
  • Customer email address. Customs will contact the consignee before clearing and forwarding on for final mile delivery.

Any duty applicable will be payable by the consignee if sent in a DDU environment.

Formal clearance costs will be the responsibility of the shipper: These will be passed back to the client.

Important that good full descriptions and HS Codes are provided for customs clearance.


Parcels held of which charges are refused by the retailer can be destroyed. If requested, a description fee is applicable.

The time parcels will be held is 30 calendar days. If the requested information is not provided by this time, customs can automatically destroy the parcel and a destruction fee is applicable which will be passed back to the retailer.

Data Importance for customs clearance

In the event that poor/vague descriptions or incomplete data is sent, the items run the risk of being held by customs for inspection.

In this event, a copy of the Commercial invoice will be required with full product details. This will then be sent to customs, if approved the parcel will be cleared and forwarded for final mile delivery with no additional costs.

Good description examples

  • Men’s super hoodie navy M
  • Vinyl wall sticker decoration
  • Bags and accessories, bags of textile

Bad description examples

  • Item or goods
  • Women’s clothing

It is important that good full descriptions and HS Codes are provided for customs clearance.

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