Take out animal products from Japan
This is a guide to taking items out of Japan. Please see here for guidance on bringing items into Japan.
Export quarantine inspection is also required in order to taking out animal products
Items that have not undergone export quarantine inspection cannot be taken out of Japan, irrespective of quantity, purpose of use (personal use, for sale), means of transport (hand-luggage, cargo).
Please be aware that taking items out of the country illegally is subject to penalties.
Exporting meat and meat products for Personal Use
In order to take animal products overseas from Japan
1．Confirm "whether it is subject to export quarantine inspection" and "import requirements of the destination country"
It applies to "items subject to Japan's animal quarantine" and "items for which the destination country requires, upon the import thereof, a certificate proving they do not spread domestic animal diseases".
＜Items subject to animal quarantine＞
It applies to the following items derived from cloven-hoofed animals (such as cattle, pig, sheep, goat and deer), horse, poultry (*), dog, rabbit and bee.
*Poultry: Chicken, quail, pheasant, ostrich, guinea fowl and turkey, as well as duck, geese and other anseriformes
●Meat / organ
Any type of meat / organ (such as row, processed product, refrigerated, frozen, cooked, etc.) is subject to animal quarantine.
Examples of processed products: Jerky, ham, sausages, bacon, meat buns, etc.
●Eggs (including eggshells)
●Bone, fat, blood, skin, hair, feather, horn, hoove, tendon
Finished products, such as leather bags and woolen sweaters, are excluded.
●Raw milk, semen, fertilized egg, unfertilized egg, feces, urine
＜Items for which the destination country requires certification＞
Please confirm with the quarantine authorities of the destination country "can it be brought in" and "what kind of certification is required in order to bring it in".
Even items not subject to Japan's animal quarantine, when a certificate proving they do not spread domestic animal diseases is required, it is necessary to undergo an export quarantine inspection at Animal Quarantine Service prior to departing from Japan.
2．Check whether it is subject to export suspension
Certain countries have suspended the bringing in of meat products, etc., from Japan.
We cannot issue an export quarantine certificate if the destination country has suspended the bringing in of such items.
See here (import and export suspension information) for countries that have suspended the brining in of items from Japan.
3．Undergo export inspection by Animal Quarantine Service before you depart
Please contact Animal Quarantine Service at the airport or seaport to arrange for export quarantine inspection.
The documents required will vary depending on the import requirements of the destination country.
Preadjustments and confirmation of details may take time, so please contact us as soon as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q1：Can I take ham that I purchased at a supermarket in Japan to overseas?
A1：If the destination country accepts it to be brought in, and the import requirements have been satisfied, you may take items that have passed export quarantine inspection at Animal Quarantine Service out of Japan.
Q2：How long does the export quarantine inspection take?
A2：It depends on the import requirements of the destination country, after you have checked the regulations and conditions for bring items into the country, please contact Animal Quarantine Service at the airport or seaport as soon as possible.