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Japan: Proposed customs declarations regime for AEO-approved importers, exporters

Japan: Proposed customs declarations regime

Japan’s customs authority has proposed a regime that would allow customs declarations to be filed from any customs area, provided that the importer or exporter is certified as an Authorized Economic Operator (AEO). The amendment, if enacted, is expected to be effective in October 2017.


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Currently, the rules restrict importers, exporters, and/or their agents from filing import or export declarations remotely from areas outside of the customs area where the cargo is to be imported or exported. The Japanese customs authority published an amendment to the customs law in April 2017, to permit importers, exporters, and/or their agents to file their declarations from any customs area—without regard to the actual physical customs area or location of the intended import or export. As a precondition for use of this mechanism, importers and exporters would have to be certified under the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) program.


For more information, contact a professional with KPMG’s Trade & Customs practice in Japan:

Masaharu Umetsuji | +81 3 6229 8070 | masaharu.umetsuji@jp.kpmg.com 

Kozu Takayuki | +81 3 6229 8205 | takayuki.kozu@jp.kpmg.com

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