Articles That Cannot be Sent by International Post
Articles Prohibited under the Universal Postal Convention
Note that there are some items that cannot be sent via international post due to laws, treaties and other restrictions.
Restrictions also vary by country of destination.
Articles Prohibited under the Universal Postal Convention and Other Such Regulations
Narcotics and psychotropic substances as defined by the International Narcotic Control Board (excluding those included in small parcels addressed to countries that permit the mailing of the same for medical or academic purposes) as well as other unauthorized substances prohibited by the destination country
Obscene or immoral articles
|Counterfeit or pirated articles||
Counterfeit or pirated articles
|Articles prohibited by the destination country||
Articles for which the import or distribution is prohibited by the destination country (Note 1)
|Potentially hazardous articles||
Articles which, due to their nature or the way in which they are packaged, pose a threat to the delivery agent or the general public or which may be harmful to other parcels, the postal facilities or the property of a third party
Private documents (excluding documentary records) to be exchanged between persons other than the sender and recipient (including those in the same domicile)
Explosive or combustible substances, radioactive materials and hazardous objects
Live animals cannot be sent in all categories of items.
Uninsured packages (regular or small parcels) should not include coins, banknotes, paper money, securities of any kind payable to the bearer, travelers' checks, processed or unprocessed platinum, gold or silver, precious stones, jewels or other valuables.
(Printed materials, items for the blind, and small parcels)
The following actions should not be undertaken in relation to printed materials and items for the blind.
The following actions should not be undertaken in relation to small parcels.
|Dangerous goods as defined by the IATA||
Items specified under the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (excluding some dangerous items established by the existent enforcement regulations, radioactive materials, and transmissible agents). Likewise, the items specified under the current edition of the Technical Instructions established by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) as well as under the Dangerous Goods Regulations by the International Air Transport Association are prohibited from shipping using any method.
|Other Regulations||Items prohibited at import into destination countries by CITES such as ivory and ivory products|
|Note 1||Each country of destination establishes its own set of rules regarding the items that are prohibited from import or dissemination. However, even if an item is sent based on these regulations, there is a possibility that it may be returned to Japan or confiscated in the receiving country. This may happen if the country of destination has not provided the latest updates of its regulations or if the item is judged as prohibited or restricted from import at the customs of the receiving country.|
A postal item containing lithium batteries sent as Airmail, SAL or International Express Mail(providing that it meets the requirements set forth in Article 16 of the International Mailing Regulations)can only be sent to the following countries and territories.
Iceland, Ireland, Ascension Island, Azerbaijan, USA, Territories of the USA (Wake Island, the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Saipan, Midway Islands, Samoa, Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands), Afghanistan, UAE, Argentina, Algeria, Aruba, Albania, Armenia, Anguilla, Angola, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Yemen, Israel, Iraq, Iran, India, Indonesia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Uruguay, United Kingdom, UK Virgin Islands, Ecuador, Eswatini, Estonia, Ethiopia, Australia (including Christmas Island, Cocos Islands (Keeling Islands), Norfolk Island), Austria, Oman, Netherlands, Caribbean Netherlands (Bonaire, Saba and Sint Eustatius), Cape Verde, Kazakhstan, Guadeloupe, Canada, Gabon, Cameroon, Cambodia, Ghana, Guyana, Gambia, North Korea, North Macedonia, Cyprus, Kiribati, Kyrgyz Republic, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Cuba, Curaçao, Greece, Kuwait, Cook Islands, Croatia, Guatemala, Greenland, Grenada, Cayman Islands, Kenya, Costa Rica, Kosovo, Comoro, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Samoa, São Tomé and Príncipe, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Zambia, Sierra Leone, Syria, Singapore, Gibraltar, Jamaica, Georgia, Sint Maarten, Zimbabwe, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Suriname, Slovakia, Slovenia, Seychelles, Equatorial Guinea, Senegal, Serbia, Saint Helena, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent, Saint Lucia, Solomon, South Korea, Turks and Caicos Islands, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Czech Republic, Chad, Central Africa, China, Tunisia, Tuvalu, Denmark（including Faeroe Islands）, Tristan da Cunha, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkmenistan, Tonga, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Togo, Turkey, Nigeria, Nauru, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nepal, Norway, Haiti, Hungary, Bermuda Islands, Bahrain, Vanuatu, Bahamas, Barbados, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Paraguay, Timor-Leste, Pitcairn Island, Fiji, Philippines, Finland, Falkland Islands (Malvinas Islands), French Guiana, French Polynesia, Bhutan, Brazil, France, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Brunei, Burundi, Vietnam, Benin, Venezuela, Belize, Belgium, Kuril Islands, Hong Kong, Honduras, Bolivia, Poland, Portugal, Marshall Islands, Malawi, Mali, Martinique, Malaysia, Micronesia, Myanmar, Mexico, Mozambique, Monaco, Maldives, Moldova, Morocco, Montenegro, Montserrat, Mauritius, Mauritania, Jordan, Latvia, Lithuania, Lichtenstein, Libya, Liberia, Romania, Luxembourg, Rwanda, Lesotho, Réunion, Russia and Wallis and Futuna Islands.
A Sea Mail postal item containing lithium batteries (providing that it meets the requirements set forth in Article16 of the International Mailing Regulations) can only be sent to the following countries and territories.
Ascension Island, Anguilla, Israel, Indonesia, Uzbekistan, United Kingdom, Eswatini, Kazakhstan, Canada, Cambodia, Gambia, North Korea, Kyrgyz Republic, Croatia, Cayman Islands, Singapore, Gibraltar, Sweden, Sri Lanka, Slovenia, Saint Helena, Saint Lucia, South Korea, Turks and Caicos Islands, Taiwan, China, Tristan da Cunha, Nicaragua, Bermuda Islands, Bangladesh, Pitcairn Islands, Fiji, Philippines, Falkland Islands (Malvinas Islands), Brunei, Vietnam, Belarus, Kuril Islands, Hong Kong, Botswana, Poland, Malaysia, Mauritius, Laos, Lesotho, Russia
|Note 4||Excluding the items shipped to Australia.|
|Note 5||Limited to the items bound for Germany, USA (including US overseas territories), Argentina, Canada (except for postal items that contain honey bees), Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Denmark, Finland, England, Hungary, India (except for postal items that contain honey bees), Israel, Italy, Mexico, Norway, Netherlands, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, Czech Republic, Turkey and that fulfill the postal requirements of each relevant country.|