Shipping to Japan

Get up-to-date local information about import procedures and restrictions, demurrage and detention, container pick-ups and more.

Demurrage

Type: Dry Container

Charge amount per day 
Port Size  1-8 Days  9-12 Days 13-17 Days  Therafter
Yokohama/Kobe/Tokyo/Shimizu/Osaka/Hakata/Moji/Hibiki  20' Free (incl. Sat/Sun, excl. national holidays) ¥4,100  ¥8,150  ¥14,000 
Yokohama/Kobe/Tokyo/Shimizu/Osaka/Hakata/Moji/Hibiki 40'  Free (incl. Sat/Sun, excl. national holidays) ¥6,250 ¥12,300  ¥22,000 
Nagoya/Yokkaichi 20'  Free (incl. Sat/Sun, excl. national holidays) ¥4,850  ¥8,500  ¥14,000 
Nagoya/Yokkaichi 40'  Free (incl. Sat/Sun, excl. national holidays) ¥6,800  ¥13,400  ¥22,000 
Charge amount per day 
Port Size  1-6 Days 7-10 Days 11-15 Days  Therafter
Other ports 20'  Free (incl. Sat/Sun, excl. national holidays) ¥4,100  ¥8,150  ¥14,000 
Other ports 40'  Free (incl. Sat/Sun, excl. national holidays) ¥6,250   ¥12,300 ¥22,000 

Type: Reefer containers

Charge amount per day 
Port Size  1-7 Days 8-11 Days 12-16 Days  Therafter
All ports  20'  Free (incl. Sat/Sun, excl. national holidays) ¥11,100  ¥18,100 ¥36,100 
All ports  40'  Free (incl. Sat/Sun, excl. national holidays) ¥16,700 ¥27,200 ¥54,200

Type: Special Containers

Charge amount per day 
Port Size  1-5 Days 6-9 Days 10-14 Days  Therafter
All ports  20'  Free (incl. Sat/Sun, excl. national holidays) ¥11,100 ¥18,100  ¥36,100
All ports  40'  Free (incl. Sat/Sun, excl. national holidays) ¥16,700 ¥27,200  ¥54,200
  • Rules and tariffs for 40'high cube and 45' dry container are same as 40' dry
  • Please note below mentioned basic and exceptional rules

Day counting

Basic rule: Free time counting starts from each container's discharge date from vessel (including domestic barge), and ends with the date of full container gate out from CY.

Exception 1: Discharge at Yokohama/Delivery at Tokyo, discharge at Kobe/Delivery at Osaka, dischared at Nagoya/Delivery at Yokkaichi

Free time counting starts from each container's discharge date from vessel (including domestic barge), and ends with the date of full container gate out from CY.

* In case discharge at Kobe/delivery at Osaka CY, free time counting starts from each container's discharge date at Kobe, i.e., 8 days (Osaka free time).

Example Following case for dry containers.

Exception 2: Dangerous cargoes

No free time is set for dangerous cargoes. Please pick up laden containers right after the discharge from the vessel.

Counting free time and demurrage

Basic rule :

  • Counting free time = All days incl. Sat/Sun, but excl. national holidays
  • Counting demurrage = All days incl. Sat/Sun/national holidays after expiration of free time.

* We do not have exceptional rules for reefers and botanical inspection any more. Above mentioned basic rule is also applied to such cargo.

Exception 1: In case Monday is substitute holiday
In case Monday is substitute holiday, the Monday is exempted from free time counting, but Sunday is not exempted.

Detention

Type: Dry Container

Charge amount per day 
Port Size  1-6 Days 7-11 Days 12-16 Days  Therafter
All ports  20'  Free (incl. Sat/Sun, excl.national holidays)  ¥1,130 ¥2,160 ¥2,950 
All ports  40'  Free (incl. Sat/Sun, excl.national holidays)  ¥1,850 ¥3,500 ¥4,850

Type: Reefer / Special Containers

Charge amount per day 
Port Size  1-6 Days 7-11 Days 12-16 Days  Therafter
All ports  20'  Free (incl. Sat/Sun, excl.national holidays)  ¥5,100 ¥7,250 ¥12,600
All ports  40'  Free (incl. Sat/Sun, excl.national holidays)  ¥7,900 ¥11,200  ¥19,450
  • Rules and tariffs for 40'high cube and 45' dry container are same as 40' dry
  • Excluding consumption tax (8%)

Day counting

Free time counting starts from the date of full container pick up from CY, and ends with the date of gate-in empty to depot (included).

Counting free time and detention

  • Counting demurrage = All days incl. Sat/Sun/national holidays after expiration of free time.
  • Counting free time = All days incl. Sat/Sun, but excl. national holidays

Exception 1: In case Monday is substitute holiday
In case Monday is substitute holiday, the Monday is exempted from free time counting, but Sunday is not exempted.

Import restriction

Service Restrictions
No acceptance of 45' container due to Japanese Transportation Law.
DG Cargo is not accepted for delivery at Offdock CY.

Weight/Measurement Restrictions
Weight:
20' : 20,320kg (cargo+container tare) if normal chasis is used. 24,000kg (cargo+container tare) if special tri-axel chasis is used.
40' : 24,000kgs (cargo+container tare) if normal chasis is used. 30,480kgs (cargo+container tare) if special tri-axel chasis is used.
Max allowance height: 9'6", i.e. if the container is 8'6" height Open-Top, max allowance O/H is 1FT = 30.48 cm.

Commodities Restrictions
Prohibited Commodities:
A) Heroin, Cocaine, MDMA, Opium, Cannabis/Hemp, Stimulants, Psychotropic substances and other Narcotic drugs. And those sucking/smoking tools
B) Firearms, Pistols, Machine guns, Hand guns, Rifles, Ammunition/Bullets thereof, and those parts
C) Explosive substances
D) Gunpowder, Dynamite
E) Precursor Material for Chemical Weapon
F) Counterfeit, Altered, or Imitation coins, Paper money, Bank notes, or Securities, and Forged credit cards
G) Books, magazine, Videotape, CD-Rom and thereof, Drawing, Carvings, sculpture things and any other article which may harm public safety or morals (obscene or immoral materials, e.g., pornography)
H) Child Pornography
I) Articles which infringe upon intellectual property rights, trade mark, copyright, literary work contiguity right, patent right, utility model right, design right and circuit arrangement utilization right. The goods where such as false brand commodity
J) Any of articles which show false indication of the place of origin
Regulated Commodities:
A) Articles/Live Plants/Live Animals which correspond to ""Washington Treaty""
B) Hunting Gun, Air Gun, Sword and cutting instrumental which blade length 15cm and more
C) Live Plants, Soil Chemical Fertilizer, Live Animals and Products which harm natural environment and against infection protecting method, plant quarantine method
D) Chemicals, Medical supplies, Medical Instruments and thereof in veterinary use
E) Alcohol beverage or liquid, which pure alcohol percentage over 90%

Custom Requirements
No specific requirement.

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