Exporting Food to Japan


We are looking to export icing sugar with less than 3% sugar to Japan.
We already export to the USA and use the Prior Notice system and have registered our South African food manufacturing facility withe the FDA.
Is there a similar Prior Notice system in Japan?
Does our food manufacturing facility in South Africa need to be registered with the equivalent of the FDA in Japan?
Or are their other requirements?

Andy Cleaver. Director. www.ieinternationaluk.com


Dear Andy,

Thank you for your question.

Apologies for the delay in responding. I’ve been in touch with Steven Crane from Business Link Japan who is putting together an answer for you. He is working with Akiko Yanagisawa from the British Embassy in Tokyo.

We hope to get a response posted soon.






Information on the Customs requirements for exporting is given in HMRC Public Notice 275. All notices can be found on our website www.hmrc.gov.uk under Quick Links > Library > Official Statistics – Publications – Notices, Info Sheets & Other Reference Materials > Import, Export & International Trade. The Public Notices are in numerical order.

I would also suggest that you contact the Customs Authorities of the country of importation to ascertain if there are any import restrictions on such items.

A more comprehensive guide to importing / exporting can be found on our website by selecting ‘Import and export’ from the home page and then scroll down to ‘Guide to importing and exporting: Breaking down the barriers’.

HM Revenue & Customs
Customs International Trade & Excise

Export Action Plan