FAQ : Import from Japan
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Q1: Looking for a Japanese partner or for Japanese companies?
According to your search criteria there are several English business matching sites which can help in your search for Japanese companies:
(1) TTPP (Trade Tie-up Promotion Program)
TTPP is a free service provided by JETRO which helps you find partners for international business. If you enter a key word(s) or select an industry/type of businesses, Japanese companies which meet your criteria will be listed. Why not register now for all-free TTPP services!
(2) J Goodtech
J Goodtech is a free service provided by Organisation for Small, Medium Enterprises and Regional Innovation in Japan.
If you enter a key word(s), Japanese companies which meet your criteria will be listed.
(3) The Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI)
JCCI is the central organization to which all Japanese local chambers of commerce belong to. They offer a business database for foreign companies who are seeking Japanese trade partners (JCCI members throughout Japan) and new trade opportunities.
(4) Tokyo Trade Centre
If you are looking for companies based in Tokyo, in particular small and medium-sized companies, Tokyo Metropolitan Small and Medium Enterprise Support Center can assist you in your search.
KOMPASS is a worldwide B to B (Business to Business) company search engine, which helps find suppliers and new clients based on your search criteria.
Kompass Japan (in English): http://jp.kompass.com/en
Q2: I would like to import second-hand automobiles from Japan.
Japan Used Motor Vehicle Exports Association (JUMVEA)'s website could be an option to look at. You will be able to view their member's company profile together with a list of available stock.
This organization was formed in 1997 with the approval of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), presently the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). In 2012 their members exceeded 170.
JUMVEA (Japan used Motor Vehicle Exporters Association): http://www.jumvea.or.jp/
Q3: I want to know about UK Trade Tariff.
The Authorities in the UK are as follows:
HM Revenue & Customs: HMRC
Department for Business Innovation & Skills: BIS
(1) HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC)
TEL: +44-2920-501-261 (Phoning from outside the UK about UK VAT)
TEL: 0845-010-9000 (Regarding Excise/Customs/VAT. This line is only used within the UK)
You can send inquiries through HMRC's website regarding VAT, Commodity Tax and other Taxes
HMRC Tariff Classification Advice Line
(2) UK Government Website
UK Trade Tariff Classification
You can search for import and export commodity codes and for tax, duty and licenses that apply to your goods.
European Union Website
Integrated Tariff of the European Communities: TARIC, Online customs tariff database
Q4: I want to know about the Japan - EU EPA Agreement
The Japan-EU EPA agreement came into effect on the 1st February 2019. It reduces and eliminates many ofthe tariffs between Japan and the EU. For more information, visit: http://ec.europa.eu/trade/policy/in-focus/eu-japan-economic-partnership-agreement/