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21 Sep 2021 JAPANFood and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Country ReportThis report is an overview and update of Japan's food and agricultural import regulations and standards (FAIRS) Click Here
19 Jul 2021 JAPAN242nd Food Safety GroupOn July 16, 2021, Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) proposed revisions to Japan’s maximum residue levels for 11 agricultural chemicals (MCPA, MCPB, Captan, Cyazofamid, Pyriofenone, Fluoxastrobin, Procymidone, Mandestrobin, Cypermethrin, Albendazole, and Zeranol) for various agricultural commodities. Click Here
26 Apr 2021 JAPANJapan Lifted Aflatoxin Inspection Order on WalnutsOn April 1, 2021, Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) suspended a mandatory aflatoxin inspection regime imposed on walnuts from the United States and other exporting countries. Click Here
05 Apr 2021 JAPANMAFF Announces Dairy TRQs for JFY 2021On April 1, Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MAFF) announced tariff-rate quota (TRQ) volumes for dairy products that will be open during Japanese fiscal year (JFY) 2021 (April to March). Click Here
25 Mar 2021 JAPANJapan To Begin Enforcement of Organic Regulations for Turkey ProductsFrom July 25, 2021, Japan’s organic standards for livestock products will encompass turkey products. Click Here
16 Mar 2021 JAPANTariffs on US Beef Rise as USJTA Safeguard TriggersOn March 17, Japan Customs announced that Japan’s imports of U.S. beef surpassed the annual trigger safeguard volume established under the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement (USJTA). Click Here
03 Feb 2021 JAPANJapan Lowers Planned Butter and NFDM Imports for 2021On January 29, the Japanese government announced that it would reduce planned imports of butter to 6,400 metric tons (MT) in Japanese fiscal year (JFY) 2021 from 14,000 MT the previous year while maintaining nonfat dry milk imports at 750 MT. Click Here
15 Jan 2021 JAPAN: Government Supports Freezing Imported Beef Prior to Customs ClearanceOn January 1, the Government of Japan introduced a new payment scheme for Japanese importers to postpone customs clearance of imported chilled beef between January 1 and June 30. Click Here
07 Jan 2021 JAPANJapan to Require Catch Documents for Imports of Vulnerable Marine SpeciesOn December 4, 2020, Japan passed the Adjustment for the Domestic Distribution of Specified Marine Animals and Plants Act to combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Click Here
06 Jan 2021 JAPANJapan-UK Free Trade Agreement Enters into ForceOn January 1, the Japan-UK Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) entered into force. Click Here
05 Jan 2021 JAPANJapan 238th Food Safety Group AnnouncementsOn December 25, 2020, Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) proposed revisions to Japan’s maximum residue levels for three pesticides (Cyflumetofen, Tiadinil, and Thiencarbazonemethyl) and a veterinary drug, Dichloroisocyanuric acid. Click Here
17 Dec 2020 JAPANUSJTA TRQs Remain Underutilized in First Half of JFY 2020The U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement (USJTA), which entered into force on January 1, 2020, improved market access for U.S. products through the creation of tariff-rate quotas (TRQs) for food wheat. Click Here
01 Dec 2020 JAPANJapanese Standards for Raw Oyster ImportsFresh oyster imports to Japan must comply with Japan’s (i) Specific Standard for Oysters for Raw Consumption and (ii) Handling of Toxic Shellfish Contaminated with Paralytic and Diarrheal Shellfish Poison. Click Here
18 Nov 2020 JAPANGuidance on Shipping Individual Small-Sized Samples to Japanese BuyersThe COVID-19 pandemic has led to a reduction in large trade shows where buyers generally sample and research new food and beverage products. Click Here
13 Nov 2020 JAPANJapan 237th Food Safety GroupJapan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) announced revisions to Japan’s maximum residue levels for Ethaboxam, Tioxazafen, Fenbuconazole Click Here
05 Nov 2020 JAPANPolicies and Procedures for Genome Edited Food and Agricultural ProductsThe Government of Japan has completed and published guidelines for handling food and agricultural products derived from genome editing technology. Click Here
27 Oct 2020 JAPANJapan Grants Market Access for All Varieties of US In-Shell WalnutsFrom September 16, 2020, Japan allows imports of all varieties of U.S. in-shell walnuts to Japan. Click Here
19 Oct 2020 JAPANOverview of Aflatoxin-related Import Regulations in JapanThis report summarizes the legal basis for Japan’s aflatoxin regulations for imported agricultural products. Click Here
09 Oct 2020 JAPANJapan Revised Phytosanitary Certificate Requirements for Agricultural ProductsOn August 5, 2020, Japan revised the list of agricultural imports that require a phytosanitary certificate (PC). Click Here
30 Sep 2020 JAPANFood and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Export Certificate ReportThis report lists major export certificates required by the Japanese government to export food and agricultural products from the United States to Japan. Click Here
30 Sep 2020 JAPANFood and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Country ReportThis report is an overview and update of Japan’s food and agricultural import regulations and standards (FAIRS). Click Here
28 Sep 2020 JAPANMAFF Lowers Planned Butter Imports by 30 PercentOn September 25, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MAFF) announced that it would lower planned imports of butter to 14,000 metric tons (MT) for Japanese fiscal year (JFY) 2020. Click Here
03 Jan 2020 JAPANFood and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Country ReportThis report is an overview and update of Japan’s food and agricultural import regulations and standards (FAIRS) for U.S. agricultural exports to Japan. Click Here
03 Jan 2020 JAPANFood and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Export Certificate ReportThis report lists major export certificates required by the Japanese government to export food and agricultural products from the United States to Japan. Click Here
21 Dec 2018 JAPANFood and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards ReportThis report is an overview and update of Japan’s general legal and technical requirements for food and agricultural imports. U.S. food and agricultural suppliers to Japan are recommended to consult with local importers and appropriate U.S. regulatory agencies for the most current local requirements prior to shipping. For more information on Japan’s certificate requirements, see FAS/Japan’s Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards 2018 FAIRS Export Certificate Report at http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Pages/Default.aspx. Click Here
20 Dec 2018 JAPANFood and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards ReportThis report lists major export certificates required by the Japanese government to export food and agricultural products to Japan. Click Here
15 Dec 2017 JAPANFood and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - CertificationThis report lists major export certificates required by the Japanese government to export food and agricultural products to Japan. For more information on import requirements, see Japan Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Narrative Report of December 2017. Click Here
15 Dec 2017 JAPANFood and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - NarrativeThis report is an overview of Japan’s general legal and technical requirements for food and agricultural imports. While all sections of this report have been updated, the following sections have seen substantive revisions from the 2016 FAIRS report: Section V. Labeling Requirements, Section VI. Other Specific Standards, and Section X. Copyrights and/or Trademark Laws. Click Here
22 Dec 2016 JAPANJapan : Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - NarrativeThis report is an overview of Japan’s general legal and technical requirements for food and agricultural imports. While all sections of this report have been updated, the following sections have seen substantive revisions from the 2015 FAIRS report: Section II. Food Additives Regulations, Section V. Labeling Requirements, and Section VI. Other Specific Standards. Click Here
21 Dec 2016 JAPANJapan : Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - CertificationThis report lists major export certificates required by the Japanese government to export food and agricultural products to Japan. For more information on import requirements, see Japan Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Report of December 2016. Click Here
21 Dec 2016 JAPANCanada : Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards – Export CertificationThe report identifies export certificates issued by U.S. government authorities to comply with Canadian import standards and regulations or to attest those products subject to U.S. government regulation. This report serves as a supplement to the Food and Agricultural Importation Regulation Narrative Report (FAIRS/CA16058). Click Here
22 Dec 2014 JAPANJapan : Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - CertificationThis report lists major export certificates required by the Japanese government to export food and agricultural products to Japan. For more information on import requirements, see Japan Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Report of December 2014. Click Here
22 Dec 2014 JAPANJapan : Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - NarrativeAll sections have been updated, and a new section (VII. Facility and Product Registration) has been added. Click Here
19 Dec 2013 JAPANJapan Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - CertificationThis report lists major export certificates required by the Japanese government to export food and agricultural products to Japan. For more information on import requirements, see Japan Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Country Report of December 19, 2013. Click Here
04 Jan 2013 JAPANJapan Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - CertificationThis report lists major export certificates required by the Japanese government to export food and agricultural products to Japan. For more information on import requirements, see Japan Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Country Report of January 4, 2013. Click Here
04 Jan 2013 JAPANJapan Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - NarrativeUpdated Sections: I. Food Laws; II. Labeling Requirements; IV. Food Additives Regulations; V. Pesticides and Other Contaminants; VI. Other Regulations and Requirements; VII. Other Specific Standards. Click Here
17 Dec 2010 JapanFood and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - CertificationThis report lists major export certificates required by the Japanese government to export food and agricultural products to Japan. For more information on import requirements, see Japan Food Agriculture Import Requirements and Standards Country Report of December 17. Click Here