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Restrictions and procedures on sending rice overseas

November 18, 2015

When you send rice overseas (including milled rice), some receiving countries and regions impose prohibitions or restrictions such as the quarantine requirements for food imports.
For exporting rice for commercial purposes, it is obliged to notify export quantity in advance to the nearby Regional Agricultural Administration Office or a similar organization.
It is not required to inform exporting rice for personal use.
The definition of "personal use" includes consumption by people who export rice or their family members, as well as souvenirs and gifts to their friends and others.
When you send rice overseas using International Mail please check 1) if it is a prohibited article in the receiving country and 2) if the receiving country allows export from Japan. Then, you must follow the necessary procedures before posting a parcel, except 3) non-commercial shipments for personal use.

Restrictions and procedures on sending rice overseas

Details of restrictions and procedures Contacts Notes
Shipping
Restrictions
1) The receiving country may ban imports or allow under certain conditions Please ask details at the nearby post office You can also check International Mail Conditions to see the details
2) There is a case where exports from Japan is prohibited or is allowed under certain conditions, due to plants health policy of the receiving country Please ask details at the nearby Regional Agricultural Administration Office.
It is not necessary to make inquiries about following countries with no restrictions on exports:
South Korea and Hong Kong
(Plant Protection Stations and
similar organizations)
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
093-280-4319
Naha Plant Protection Station
098-868-1679
Shipping
Procedures
3) It is not required to notify shipments for personal use.
"Personal use" includes consumption by people who export rice or their family members, as well as souvenirs and gifts to their friends and others
Please ask details at the nearby Regional Agricultural Administration Office or similar organizations, and notify them of your export. (Regional Agricultural Administration Offices
and similar organizations)
Hokkaido District Agricultural Office
011-330-8808
Tohoku Regional Agricultural Administration
022-236-6661
Kanto Regional Agricultural Administration
048-740-0110
Hokuriku Regional Agricultural Administration
076-241-3153
Tokai Regional Agricultural Administration
052-223-4616
Kinki Regional Agricultural Administration
075-414-9741
Chugoku-Shikoku Regional Agricultural-
Administration
086-230-4248
Kyushu Regional Agricultural Administration
096-211-9111
Okinawa General Bureau, Cabinet Office
098-866-1653
(List of contacts)
("Notification form for exportation of rice")


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