Having an efficient parcel delivery from Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto and the rest of Canada to Japan helps connect the two economies. Japan is strong in electronics and advanced manufacturing and has a need for Canada’s goods, including oil and gas, agri-business, and seafood. Jet Worldwide offers low-cost parcel shipping to Japan with the option for duty-free clearance under the CPTPP.

jet-secure-ship-vectorThings to consider when shipping to Japan

  • Shipping online high-volume orders direct to Japan
  • Information needed for a spot quote shipping between Canada and Japan
  • Carrier options for shipping to Japan from Canada and shipping terms
  • Japan customs processes and clearance notes for importing to Canada
  • Shipping shopify e-commerce orders direct to Japan from Canada
  • Duty-free clearance to Japan for Canada-origin goods under the CPTPP
  • Duty-free import to Canada under the CPTPP

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E-commerce orders to Japan

Canadian retailers can send their orders direct to Japan for efficient clearance and low-cost last-mile delivery. Jet Worldwide provides both postal and commercial clearance options for higher-volume parcel imports shipped directly to Japan.

Shipping Japan from Canada, Parcels.  Click on icon below to see our PDF presentation for shipping direct to Japan from Canada.

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Shipping terms to consider when shipping to Japan

The default option for shipping internationally from Canada is Delivery Duty Unpaid (DDU). Common carriers use the term Ex Works (EXW) which essentially assigns all import related costs (duty, taxes and other fees) to the receiver/importer. Shippers from Canada can choose to pay the import fees on behalf of the receiver via a Delivery Duty Paid (DDP) options that many carriers offer.

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The disadvantage of paying import fees on behalf of the receiver is that the bulk of the import fees are often from a value added tax that the importing business may otherwise be able to claim back.


Shipping Japan from Canada via Canada Post

Canada Post offers the lowest-cost delivery for individuals shipping non urgent small parcels to Japan. Canada Post relies on Japan Post for delivery of their parcel post shipments to Japan.

Canada Post Parcel Delivery Services from Canada to Japan include:

Canada Post "small packet" shipping to Japan.

  • Canada Post Small Packet delivery to Japan: Surface, Air and "Tracked Packet"

Shipping Japan from Canada Post parcel options

  • Canada Post International Surface to Japan: Parcel delivery in 2-3 weeks
  • Canada Post "Xpresspost" to Japan: Delivery in 5 business days

Collection of duty for items sent by Parcel Post from Canada to Japan: Duty payment for parcels is most often delivered Cash on Delivery to recoup the payment of duty.   For duty amounts over JPY 10,000 (but less than JPY 300,000), payment is usually requested upfront prior to sending the parcel for delivery.


jet-logo-vector-airParcel Shipping to Japan via UPS and FedEx 

FedEx and UPS - along with DHL - provide reliable express delivery to Japan from Canada and North America  (they are North America's largest carriers).

FedEx and UPS Canada parcel delivery options to Japan include:

  • Priority express air shipping to  Japan 
  • Economy air shipping to Japan
  • Some carriers are suspending economy air options from Japan and other Asia Pacific countries due to capacity restrictions.

See below:  Information required for a shipping quote to Japan


jet-logo-vectorDelivery to Japan from Canada, USA  and  North America via Jet Worldwide

  • Jet Worldwide:  A trusted brand offering international shipping for over 35 years!
  • Jet Worldwide offers options for shipping to Japan from Canada and North America for parcels, pallets, and online orders (with Shopify integration)
  • Jet Worldwide offers transparency and logistics support.  We are not shy to recommend alternative options that are better suited for your needs.  

For a quote for shipping online orders, provide details including shipping volume, item(s) being shipped, average value and weight of each parcel.  The more details the better :).

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Parcel Canada shipping to Japan via Purolator Canada

Purolator is a leading domestic carrier in Canada and provides reliable courier delivery service to Japan from their postal locations in Canada. For delivery to Japan, Purolator Canada uses partner carriers such as UPS.


CUSTOMS-DOUNE-GRAPHICClearance for parcels shipped from Canada to Japan

As for all international shipments, it is important to include a detailed customs invoice and other supporting documents to ensure proper customs declaration.

Import restrictions and other notes on sending parcels to Japan from Canada

For goods sent by international courier services, a customs broker clears the goods through customs for you and advances the duty payments such as customs duty to deliver the goods to you. Payment is made either via Cash on Delivery or on account.

Note: Jet can provide DDP service to Japan to enable Canadian shippers to pay the import fees on behalf of the receiver.


Simplified tariff and duty system for personal effects and small packages

A simplified tariff system for low-value parcels valued at less than JPY 200,000 (approximately CAD 2,500), that simplifies determination of tariff rates. This system eliminates the need to classify the product with an HS Code and minimizes customs broker charges. Importers can choose either the normal rate or the simple tariff, which could be higher or lower depending on the product.

The following are examples from this Schedule.

Alcoholic Beverages including Wine: JPY 70/L, some of Distilled alcoholic beverages: JPY 20, sake, Some of other alcoholic beverages: JPY 30 / 30

Article of apparel, etc.: 20%, Tableware, Furniture, Toys, Games, etc.: 3%, Rubber, Paper, etc.: Free, Other Products: 5%. These duty rates do not include consumption tax and other internal taxes.

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Three primary types of import declaration for parcels being imported to Japan from Canada:

  • Manifest Clearance is available if the CIF value is less than or equal to JPY 10,000 (unless the commodity is restricted)
  • Low-Value Declaration is available if the CIF value is less than or equal to JPY 200,999, including restricted commodities.
  • High-Value Declaration is necessary if the CIF value is more than JPY 201,000.

CIF Value: Most customs authorities - including Japan Customs clearance for parcels - base their calculations on the "CIF" Value. This is also sometimes referred to as the "landed cost." The CIF value includes the COST (value of the item), INSURANCE, and FREIGHT (shipping cost).

Restricted items to Japan: The list of restricted items for parcels to Japan is common to most other destinations and includes such items as perishables, drugs, weapons, contraband etc.

In addition, Japanese custom's regulations restrict other items including animal/insect or plant quarantine related items, fresh, cut or dried flowers, potpourri, malt, straws, bones and horns, antibodies, serum, blood, bacteria/viruses and movie films.

Shipping wine from Canada to Japan

There are two basic type of imports to consider when shipping Canadian wine to Japan: commercial and personal. The requirements for customs includes declaring the alcohol content and if the wine is sparkling or not.

Canadian ice wine can qualify for Canada-origin duty-free status for shipping to Japan.

For information on shipping wine to Japan from Canada, contact our team.

jet-ecommerce-vector-graphic2Canada parcel shipping on-line shipping alternative to Japan

Major Canadian e-commerce sellers can benefit from Jet's high-volume parcel import processes to Japan.

Shopify is a leading online platform for Independent Canadian businesses serving both local commerce and global access.  Building on our decades of Canadian international parcel shipping, Jet’s team is building innovative logistics processes for shipping direct to Japan and across Asia.   Low cost, direct connection with pre-labeling, tracking and final mile delivery by leading Japanes domestic carriers.

Jet’s Canadian international shipping platform empowers innovation to help Shopify users to “self fulfill” their orders direct to major international markets (including Japan and throughout the Asia Pacific region).   During 2021, we are building solutions to help merchants improve the customer experience in a way that no single merchant could do on their own.  Contact Jet’s parcel logistics team for updates on our shipping solutions to Japan. 


CPTPP duty-free clearance of goods shipped to Japan from Canada

Goods approved with proper ''proof of origin'' supporting paperwork can be exported from Canada for duty free clearance in Japan.



Proof of origin

The key part of all trade agreements is ensuring the goods qualify under the rules of origin. Many incorrectly assume that if goods are sent from a qualifying country, they should qualify for duty-free status. Country of origin is not determined solely by where the goods are sent from.

The country of origin rules have been simplified under CPTPP but can still get complex. The guidelines for country of origin qualification include:

  • Goods are considered originating if they are wholly obtained, such as goods that are grown, raised, caught, or extracted in Canada or a CPTPP country.
  • Goods are considered originating if they are produced in Canada or a CPTPP country entirely from originating materials
  • Goods are originating if they are produced in Canada or a CPTPP country from non-originating materials that undergo production in Canada or a CPTPP country, such that the resulting good satisfies the applicable product-specific rule of origin. The value of the non-originating goods that are part of the originating product can be considered dutiable.


Duty-free import for parcels sent from Canada to Japan under the CPTPP

The amazing part of CPTPP is that parcels containing products valued less thanUSD 1000 (equivalent in local currency) do not require a certification of origin to claim CPTPP preferential tariff treatment.

  • Parcels containing products under USD 1000 (equivalent in local currency) can be considered for duty-free status if the following conditions include:
  • A signed statement completed by the importer, exporter or producer certifying that the goods originated from a CPTPP country
  • This statement is required on the commercial invoice and we recommend adding an additional stand-alone statement/supporting document.
  • The goods must meet the origin rules. For example, marks to indicate that the goods are not a product of a CPTPP country will disqualify the goods and have issues related to mis-declarations.

It is important to understand that CPTPP applies to duty assessments but not taxes. All goods - even those cleared duty free - are subject to Japan's consumption tax of 10%.


CPTPP duty-free shipping to Japan: What information is required?

In order to claim the preferential tariff treatment to Japan from Canada under the CPTPP, a set a data elements referred to as a ‘certification origin’ must be provided by the exporter, producer or importer of the goods by adding the information to any document (e.g., Commercial Invoice) accompanying the shipment or if preferred, by providing it on a separate document. The data elements do not have to follow a prescribed format but must contain the minimum data elements listed below. In addition, the imported goods must originate and be exported from a CPTPP ratified country.

  1. Indicate the Certifier (Importer, Exporter or Producer)
  2. Name, Address and Contact Information of the Certifier
  3. Name, Address and Contact Information of the Exporter (if different from the certifier)
  4. Name, Address and Contact Information of the Producer (if different from the certifier, or exporter)
  5. Name, Address and Contact Information of the Importer
  6. Description and HS Tariff Classification for the Goods
  7. Origin Criterion for the Goods
  8. Blanket Period
  9. Authorized Signature and Date

Note: The certification of origin must be signed and dated by the Certifier and accompanied by the following statement:

“I certify that the goods described in this document qualify as originating and the information contained in this document is true and accurate. I assume responsibility for proving such representations and agree to maintain and present upon request or to make available during a verification visit, documentation necessary to support this certification”

For full details regarding the minimum data requirements for the certification of origin, please refer to Annex 3-B of the CPTPP agreement.


Jet Worldwide offers economy express shipping and delivery solutions to Japan from Montréal, Toronto GTA and all of Canada. International Parcel Delivery to Japan, International priority, International Economy services for shipping to Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Yokohama, Nagoya, from Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, anywhere in Canada! Package delivery solutions from Japan to Canada are also possible with Jet Worldwide's shipping services.


Simplified origin statement for shipping Canada from Japan

The value for duty amount for all of Canada's free trade agreements (including the CPTPP) for which the proof of origin / certificate of origin is waived is up to  CAD 3,300.

For imports not exceeding CAD 3,300 to Canada, the requirement for proof of origin is waived. The requirement on the importer to maintain records (for example, commercial invoice and B3) applies even if the CBSA does not require a certification of origin or if a requirement for a certification of origin has been waived.


Shipping e-commerce orders to Japan

With Jet Worldwide, Canadian retailers can send their e-commerce orders direct to Japan for efficient clearance and low-cost last-mile delivery. Jet Worldwide provides both postal and commercial clearance options for higher-volume parcel imports shipped directly to Japan.

Shopify integration to Japan: Integrate your Canadian online shipping platform with our Japanese labeling and tracking services.

Grow your e-commerce orders to Japan with our direct shipping, efficient clearance and low-cost delivery solutions.


jet-secure-ship-vectorGet a Quote for Shipping between Japan and Canada

Jet Worldwide makes it easy for companies seeking for spot quotes for economy air shipping between Canada and Japan

The information required for a quote includes:

  • Your company name and contact details
  • Ship from Address
  • Ship To Address
  • Weight and dimensions of each piece
  • Item(s) being sent
  • Value

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For a quote for shipping online orders, provide details including shipping volume, item(s) being shipped, average value and weight of each parcel.  The more details the better :).

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