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What Procedures are Required for Bringing Meat Products (Meat or Processed Meat Products) into Japan?

Import prohibition or temporary-suspended countries/areas

Import prohibition countries/areas

Bringing meat, meat products(beef jerky, ham, sausage, etc.,)  etc. from some countries/areas is prohibited due to outbreaks of illnesses or diseases that affect livestock, etc. in these countries/areas.

Cloven-hoofed Animals, Their Meat etc., Straw from grain and Forage for feed

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Import temporary-suspended countries/areas

Even importable items, followings are temporarily import-suspended due to outbreak of paticuler diseases in following areas: 

No!

  

Beef from Canada, U.S.A., France, The Netherlands or Ireland

Regarding beef or beef offal exported from Canada, U.S.A., France, The Netherlands, Ireland or Poland to Japan, only these commodities treated in accordance with the animal health requirements concluded between, respectively, Japan and Canada, Japan and U.S.A., Japan and France, Japan and The Netherlands, Japan and  Ireland or Japan and Poland, including specific export programs and designation of facilities, are acceptable.
(from 27 Jul., 2006: Canada and U.S.A. / from 1 Feb., 2013: France and The Netherlands / from 2 Dec., 2013: Ireland/ from 1 Aug., 2014: Poland)

Furthermore, it is to be noted that beef products (e.g. ham, sausage, beef jerky) have not been allowed to be imported. 

 

 

An inspection certificate will be required.

Even in the case of countries/areas from which meat or meat products (beef jerky, ham, sausage, etc.,) may be brought into Japan, it will be necessary to receive an inspection in the country of origin that satisfies Japanese requirments and obtain an inspection certificate issued by the government authority.

No meat products can be brought into Japan without the inspection certificate.

This requirements applies to any import irrespective of the use or quantity: it should be noted that import of such products for souvenir, personal consumption or commercial sample, no matter how small the quantity is, needs to obtain an  inspection certificate issued by the government authority. 

  

The procedure for obtaining the inspection certificate may be simplified

Meat products bearing an inspection certificate intended for entry into Japan are sold at duty-free shops and other outlets in the U.S. (including Hawaii, Guam and Saipan), Canada, Australia and New Zealand , and only those with the certificate, can be brought into Japan.

Examples of Inspection of certificates attached to an animal product(PDF:496KB)

 

For European travelers

To import fresh meat (including poultry), sausages, hams, bacon or any other meat products from Europe to Japan, an Animal Health Certificate issued by the animal health authority of the exporting country is required. Please be aware that there is no such product with pre-attached certificate at tax-free shops in Europe. Please contact Government Veterinary Office of each country to ask for the certificate.

Furthermore, because of recent Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) outbreaks in several countries, you will not be permitted to bring beef meat, bovine organ, and any other products of bovine origin such as sausages, hams etc. from EU member countries, Switzerland ,Liechtenstein, Canada and U.S.A. into Japan. This also applies to all those products purchased at tax-free shops in Europe or at the airport.

 

In addition to meat, the following animal parts will also be subject to an animal quarantine inspection:

Bones, Eggs, Fat, Blood, Skins, hides, pelts, etc., Fur, hair, Feathers, down, Horns, antlers, Hooves, Goods processed from any of the above, etc. 

 


 Directory of Animal Quarantine Service Centres (please contact the office where you intend to enter/leave the country or send your question by e-mail)