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Sending foods abroad (especially to China) by international postal services

April 28, 2011

Regarding the accident at the nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan Post still has not received any new or additional information from other postal operators concerning sending foods by international postal services. However, there are some cases of the return of international postal items including foods, such as powdered milk, due to strengthening of the countries' import inspection.

Information concerning radiation examination or import restriction of foods from Japan in other countries/territories is being gathered for publishing by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) ( (Japanese Version Only)). But we still cannot confirm whether such restrictions and/or conditions are also to be applied to international postal items, except for the EU which has clearly stipulated that these restrictions do not apply to items intended for personal use.

In addition, for international postal items with no indication of proven radiation level, Customs authorities in the destination countries examine such items and make the decision to permit or refuse importation on the basis of the examination result.

We would therefore like to ask you to be forewarned that, when you send foods abroad, especially to China, by international postal services, these items will take considerable time for custom's inspection, or to be returned, seized or abolished as a result of the refusal to be imported.

Japan Post Co., Ltd.

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