Shipping From The USA To Japan (GUIDE) 🇯🇵 • Planet Express

Do You Want To Ship To Japan From The US?

Shipping to Japan from the USA takes between 3 to 25 business days (depending on the shipping method). We ship to Japan using carriers like FedEx, DHL, USPS, and Planet Mail. Prices start at around $10 for small packages and you get package tracking as well. We also send packages right to your doorstep so it is very convenient for you.

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Shipping from the USA to Japan

In this guide, we are going to explain to you, how much does it cost and how to get the cheapest shipping from the USA to Japan, how does it work, how to declare the goods, what are the prohibitions & restrictions, and much more.

If you are interested in specific sections only (VAT, delivery time, etc.), use our navigation below.

Shipping Price And Time From The USA To Japan

Prices of shipping from the US to Japan are very affordable. For smaller packages, the price starts on dozens of dollars. The estimated postage costs and delivery time can be calculated using our postal calculator below.

How To Get The Cheapest Shipping From The USA To Japan?

The price of the shipping depends mainly on the dimensions of the package, its weight, and the delivery method you choose. To get the cheapest shipping from the USA to Japan, choose slower delivery methods.

In the following table, you can see the estimated prices of shipping from the USA to Tokyo, Japan.

Shipping Methods0.5 kg, 25×18×10 cm4.5 kg, 50×25×18 cm20 kg, 90×60×50 cm
Planet Mail: Economy$10.29n/an/a
Planet Mail: Express$16.65n/an/a
Postal Service: Fully Tracked$17.96n/an/a
USPS: Priorityn/a$66.57n/a
USPS: Express$34.54$87.18n/a
*FedEx: International Economy$31.38$42.02$162.85
*FedEx: International Priority$35.04$44.09$210.65
*DHL: Express Worldwide$47.2$83.03$440.79
The prices were estimated on the 23rd of June, 2020.
*Insurance included

We send the packages to Japan using carriers such as USPS, DHL, FedEx, or Planet Mail. The delivery usually takes 5 days with express methods and 5 to 10 days with cheaper, economic methods.

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Tip: Our customers from Japan especially love the Postal Service: Fully Tracked, FedEx Economy & Express, and Planet Mail Express.


How Does The Shipping To Japan Work?

Generally, there are 2 most used ways how to ship goods and personal items from the US to Japan. The first is you find some carrier like FedEx, contact them, schedule the pickup and they deliver the package to your delivery address. It works, but it is ridiculously expensive.

The second way is to take advantage of a package forwarding company like Planet Express. You can benefit from several advantages when using the package forwarder. The following table shows the pros and cons of traditional shipping and package forwarding (Planet Express).

Traditional ShippingPlanet Express
Costs of the shippingVery expensiveMuch cheaper
Delivery timeDepending on the delivery methodDepending on the delivery method
Additional servicesVery limitedWide selection*
Delivery methodsLimited, depending on the carrierWide selection (more carriers)
Customer supportVery slowVery responsive and helpful
Package consolidationn/aAvailable

*Read below how you can benefit from our additional services.


Shipping From The USA To Japan With Planet Express

Whether you wanna shop from the US stores that don’t offer delivery to Japan, or you just want to send some personal items, Planet Express is here to help you with that. The shipping process can be described in 3 simple steps.

1. Getting a Free USA Address

At Planet Express we can provide you with a free US address in Gardena, California, and also with a premium sales-tax-free address in Portland, Oregon. You can use these addresses for orders from the US stores, or even for packages containing your personal items, eventually gifts from your friends that live in the US.

2. Using Your USA Address

When you have the Planet Express address, feel free to use it for receiving the orders from the US online stores. Once we receive packages addressed to you, we link them with your account and send you the notification email. Then you can take advantage of one of our additional services. Once you decide to send the package to your home address in Japan, proceed to step 3.

3. Choosing The Delivery Method From The USA To Japan

Before we can send the package to you, you have to complete the customs declaration. It is an online form where you describe the contents of the package. It is closely tied up with customs and it allows customs officers when checking the imported package.

Once you finish the declaration, you can choose the delivery method that suits your needs. We offer quick delivery methods and even cheap, slower ones. Read more about the methods in the following section.


Duty & TAX

Japan has the de minimis value on duty & TAX. If your package value is BELOW the following values you don’t have to pay duty & TAX.

• De minimis for duty 10 000 JPY 
• De minimis for TAX 10 000 JPY

This means that you have to pay duty & TAX to every package ABOVE this value. For more information about import & export check customs.go.jp.

Important information is that the customs declaration is the responsibility of each customer. If you do not know how to complete customs declaration, read our guide How to fill out the customs declaration.


Prohibitions & Restrictions On Goods Imported To Japan

There are also some restrictions on some goods. Each carrier has its own list of prohibited items. So what you cant ship from the USA to Japan? You can read the terms of each carrier under the following links:

The most important information for you is that we can not ship the following items from the USA to Japan:

DrugsFirearms, ammunition and pistol partsExplosives
Precursor materials for chemical weaponsGerms which are likely to be used for bioterrorismCounterfeit, altered, or imitation coins, paper money, banknotes, or securities, and forged credit cards
Books, drawings, carvings, and any other article which may harm public safety or moralsChild pornographyArticles which infringe upon intellectual property right

Source: customs.go.jp

If you are not sure, if you are not sure whether some restrictions apply to your goods, please visit the Japan import and export website, review the above terms of each carrier or contact us at [email protected]


Why Choose Planet Express?

✅ We offer one of the best prices on the market.
✅ We provide excellent Japanese speaking customer support.
✅ We have great customer reviews.
✅ And by the way, we’re also one of the few places that accept bitcoin.

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Take Advantage Of Some Of Our Other Services

Planet Express is not just about forwarding packages. We also offer our customers additional services such as consolidationfulfillment or Shop For Me service.

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Calculate the Postage Price in Advance

You can easily calculate the postage price in advance. Take advantage of our postage calculator. Just fill in some details and you will get an estimate of the price and delivery time.

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Let Us Shop For You

Don’t you have time to shop, or does the business not accept your preferred payment methodTell us what and where you want to buy and we will do the work for you.

Use Shop For Me

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Save Up To 80% With Consolidation

f you order more pieces of goods from different stores and you want to save on postage, we recommend using the consolidation serviceYou can save up to 80%.

More about Consolidation

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Do You Have Any Other Wish?

Do you need to scan documents, remove invoices from the package, check the status of the goods, fill customs declaration, or something else? Just make a special request.

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Useful Information For Purchase And Package Forwarding From The USA To Japan

Read our blog, where we regularly publish tips for different kinds of goods. Also, make sure you visit our following page where you can find tutorials on how to order from the most popular US stores.

We deliver to all parts of Japan – from Tokyo to Kyoto, Okayama, Osaka, Hiroshima, Yokohama… We cover almost 100 % of the cities in Japan. You can manage everything from the comfort of your home.


Shipping From The USA To Japan FAQ

💵 How much does it cost to ship from the USA to Japan?

The price of the shipping varies depending on the delivery method you choose, the dimensions and the weight of the package. Cheaper methods costs between $15 to $35. The more expensive ones are usually above $50 for the smaller package.
Calculate the price with our calculator now.

⏱ How long does it take to ship from the US to Japan?

Getting a package from the USA to Japan takes around 4 business days with fast delivery methods, about 10-20 business days with slower delivery methods and about 15-25 business days with the slowest and cheapest delivery methods.

🇯🇵 How do I ship a package from the US to Japan?

The process can be described in 3 simple steps:
1. Get a free US address from Planet Express so you can receive goods from US stores, friends, family, etc.
2. When we receive your goods, you will get a notification email from us.
3. Choose the delivery method from the US to Japan.
Read more info about shipping from the US to Japan.

🚫 What cannot be mailed to Japan?

There are prohibitions and restrictions for some goods sent to Japan. These include:
• Heroin, cocaine, MDMA, opium, cannabis, stimulants, psychotropic substances, and other narcotic drugs (excluding those designated by Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare Ordinance);
• Firearms (pistols, etc.), ammunition (bullets) thereof, and pistol parts;
• Explosives (dynamite, gunpowder, etc.);
• Precursor materials for chemical weapons;
• Germs which are likely to be used for bioterrorism;
• Counterfeit, altered, or imitation coins, paper money, banknotes, or securities, and forged credit cards;
• Books, drawings, carvings, and any other article which may harm public safety or morals (obscene or immoral materials, e.g., pornography);
• Child pornography;
• Articles that infringe upon intellectual property rights.
Source: customs.go.jp

📦 Does Amazon ship to Japan?

Some of the products from Amazon USA can be shipped to Japan, however, if you want to be 100 % sure you get the shipping from the USA to Japan, you can use a package forwarding service like Planet Express. We will provide you with a free US address so you can order goods from Amazon USA and forward them to your home address in Japan.

📦 Does Walmart ship to Japan?

Yes, you can ship goods from Walmart USA to Japan but not directly. You can take advantage of a Planet Express package forwarding service so you get the US address. Then we forward goods from Walmart to your Japan home address.
We have a fully dedicated guide on how to order from Walmart USA.

✈️ Does DHL ship to Japan?

Yes, DHL delivers to Japan. The most popular method is DHL Worldwide Express which takes around 4 business days to deliver.
Our rates for DHL Worldwide Express are discounted so you can save a lot of money.

✈️ Does USPS ship to Japan?

Yes, USPS delivers to Japan. They offer several methods including Postal Service: Fully Tracked, USPS Priority, USPS Express.
With Planet Express, you will get discounted rates on these methods so you can save a lot of money.

✈️ Does FedEx ship to Japan?

Yes, FedEx delivers to Japan. People especially like FedEx Economy and FedEx Priority delivery methods.
Planet Express offers discounted rates for these methods for its customers.


Fulfillment

Our fulfillment center services are used by those who want to save on storage costs. We offer the opportunity to rent storage space in the California warehouse. In addition, we will handle logistics for you, your only concern being the marketing of your business and the administration. For individual calculation, please contact us at [email protected]