Forbidden items for shipping outside Japan


In this post we want to discuss about the prohibited items that cannot be shipped outside of Japan, but only to an address inside the country.

Every country has it’s laws and policies on items that cannot be shipped outside. The same case is with Japan as well, which has a list of items and products that cannot be shipped outside the country, and some even cannot be bought in the country.

Please see below the official list of prohibited for international shipping items posted by Japan Post; a transcript from their page:

Items that correspond to the descriptions below or when there is a possibility they may follow under these categories.

  • Gold, silver, white gold, other precious metals, precious stones including diamonds and semiprecious stones, currency of all countries (banknotes and coins), various jewelry goods, other valuables
  • Marketable securities
  • Correspondence and communicative means defined as correspondence under current law
  • Living animals
  • Body remains, memorial tablets and ashes
  • Items that can easily transubstantiate or decay
  • Small firearms’ explosives and firearms
  • Explosive substances
  • Compressed gas
  • Flammable liquids and solids, combustible solids体
  • Photoflash lamp
  • Magnetic substances
  • Mercury
  • Acids and other putrefactive substances, bases and acids
  • Oxidants
  • Poison
  • Radioactive materials
  • Vaporizing materials
  • Articles defined as aviation hazards (in accordance to ICAO Technical Instructions and IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations)
  • Narcotic drugs and psychotropic drugs as defined by International Narcotics Control Board as well as other illicit drugs prohibited for export and import
  • Obscene and unlawful items
  • Counterfeit items and pirated editions
  • Objects harmful for the users or general public; items that can contaminate or damage cargo, cargo facilities and property of the third parties
  • Explosives and other dangerous articles, filthy items that can damage the packages of others
  • Items prohibited from transportation by law
  • Cargo that is prohibited or limited from transport, export, import by law of the government of exporting/importing country, state, local municipality and federation, including the transit country.
  • Food
  • Lethal weapons
  • Items that contain multiple personal data
  • Other items deemed inapplicable by our company (including the items below):
    • Credit and cash cards
    • Passport
    • Examination admission slips
    • Bills of lading
    • Animal products
    • Plants (including herbal products)
    • Pharmacological materials, medicinal drugs, medical samples (i.e. diagnostic samples, blood, tissue samples)
    • Guns, weapons, swords, ammunition and their parts
    • Liquids
    • Antiquities, art objects and artifacts
    • Collectibles and rarities
    • Industrial diamonds