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Procedures and Restrictions for Sending Rice Overseas

August 26, 2010

Please note that there may be restrictions for sending rice abroad (including polished rice) such as complete prohibition or the quarantine requirement depending on the country of destination. It is necessary to submit a prior notice to the Regional Agriculture Bureau when sending rice for any other purposes rather than private non-commercial use.
When sending rice abroad please confirm the following: 1. Is rice prohibited for import in the country of destination? 2. Is export of rice from Japan to the country of destination allowed? 3. Have you completed all the necessary procedures, including a submission of a prior notice, if you are sending rice for any other purposes rather than private non-commercial use?

Procedures and Restrictions on Sending Rice Overseas

Procedures and Restrictions Inquiries Note
Sending
Restrictions
1.Certain countries prohibit rice imports or have set conditions on rice imports. Please check with your local post office. You can check with the List of International Mail Conditions.
2.Exporting from Japan may be prohibited or subject to conditions due to plant protection regulations.

Please check with the nearest Plant Protection Station.
No inquiries are needed for the following countries or regions, as they have no particular restrictions.

(South Korea, Hong Kong)

(Plant Protection Stations)
Yokohama Plant Protection Station
045-211-7155
Nagoya Plant Protection Station
052-651-0114
Kobe Plant Protection Station
078-331-2384
Moji Plant Protection Station
093-321-2809
Naha Plant Protection Station
098-868-1679
Sending
Procedures
3.You must submit a Notice regarding the Export of Rice to the Regional Agricultural Administration Office or the District Agricultural Office. Make all inquiries and submissions at your nearest Regional Agricultural Administration Office or the District Agricultural Office.

(Regional Agricultural Administration Office)
Hokkaido District Agriculture Office
011-642-5472
Tohoku Regional Agricultural Administration Office
022-236-6661
Kanto Regional Agricultural Administration Office
048-740-0110
Hokuriku Regional Agricultural Administration Office
076-241-3153
Tokai Regional Agricultural Administration Office
052-761-3786
Kinki Regional Agricultural Administration Office
075-414-9741
Chugoku-Shikoku Regional Agricultural Administration Office
086-230-4248
Kyushu Regional Agricultural Administration Office
096-211-9111
Okinawa General Bureau
098-866-1653

(Contact numbers for the Agricultural Administration Offices or District Agricultural Offices)
http://www.maff.go.jp/j/seisan/boueki/
kome_yusyutu/pdf/toiawase.pdf

(“Notice regarding the Export of Rice”)
http://www.maff.go.jp/j/seisan/boueki/kome_yusyutu/pdf/export.pdf


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