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Nonmailable Articles in International Mail

Articles Prohibited to be Mailed by Postal Law (Letter Post)

Please note that laws/provisions prohibit certain articles sent by international mail.

Also, the destination country may also restrict certain articles to be sent.

International Mail Conditions.

Articles prohibited by Provisions (Standard Mail)

Regular mail
(For more details refer to the conditions for the destination country)
Metal crimp seal, etc Articles that can cause harm to those who deal with them because of their characteristics or packaging or contaminate/damage other mail or postal facilities.Sharp metal crimp seals used to seal mails which may obstruct the implementation of postal service.
Narcotics Narcotics and psychotropic substances
Articles prohibited by the destination country Articles whose import or distribution is prohibited by the destination country
Live animals

Live animals except for the followings.(Even the followings cannot be included in insured mail)

  • Honeybees, water leechs and silkworms
  • Only parasite and predators of pests, which are used for pest control, and exchanged between authorized facilities.
Pornographic materials Pornographic or immoral materials
Hazardous materials Substances which are explosive, inflammable or otherwise dangerous. However, biological materials prone to deterioration easily perishable enclosed in a letter sent by a research institution approved by the Japan Post Service to the destination country that handle them may be allowed. Radioactive materials enclosed in a letter must be inspected in advance by Customs and will only be allowed when addressed to a country handling such materials.
Valuables, etc Mails other than registered and insured packages addressed to the countries who we exchange insured packages with should not include coins, banknotes, paper money, securities of any kind payable to the bearer, or processed or unprocessed platinum, gold or silver, precious stones, jewelies and other valuables.

Except for the cases separately specified in enforcement regulations, printed matter, literature for the blind and small packets:

  1. should not include realistic and interpersonal description and documents.
  2. Should not include cancelled or uncanceled stamps, vouchers for payment and securities.

Letters cannot include realistic and interpersonal documents and exchanged between the sender and the receiver, and among their lodgers.

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