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Information on exporting to the UK from Japan

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This page contains information on Japan's trade agreements with the UK.

There are also links to other sources of UK Government information to help you:

  • understand and use the agreements when exporting to the UK
  • understand the relevant regulations and requirements

Get your goods into the UK

Import taxes

Duties and tariffs

The UK charges customs duties and other tariffs on certain goods. You can search for your goods to find the specific charges that are applicable to them.

VAT

We also charge VAT on some goods when they are sold. VAT is a sales tax that you must pay in the UK when you buy goods or services. Excise Duty is also charged on some goods. These charges apply even for goods produced in the UK. Rates for different goods are still listed in our tariff, and you should check with your customer whether they need to be included in the price.

How to value goods for the UK

The duty paid on your goods is based on the import value. This will normally be the sales cost of your goods plus freight, insurance and any other costs or expenses when delivering your goods to the port or other import location. You do not need to include transport costs within the UK, buying commission, UK selling commission, or duties and taxes chargeable in the UK.

Find out more about working out the value of your imports, including valuation methods if your goods do not have a sale price.

Customs regulations and procedures

Customs regulations

You can find details of UK customs regulations for specific goods on this website.

These include:

  • tariffs and charges
  • rules of origin
  • import regulations
  • regulations restricting or prohibiting particular goods

Search for your goods to find specific UK customs regulations that apply to them.

Customs procedures

Find detailed information on import, export and customs for businesses including tools to help businesses exporting to or from the UK. It includes guidance on customs procedures for businesses already established in the UK.

Contact us about customs queries

You can contact the UK’s Department for International Trade for information about trade and investment.

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Technical regulations, standards and product safety

Technical regulations and standards

You can search for your goods to find product-specific technical regulations and standards.

Product safety

The Office for Product Safety helps businesses understand their obligations. They have guidance on product safety which is aimed at UK businesses, but which is still relevant if you are a non-UK business.

The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) is the UK’s National Accreditation Body, responsible for determining the technical competence and integrity of organisations such as those offering testing, calibration and certification services. UKAS has a directory of accredited organisations for many different types of assessment.

Sanitary and phytosanitary measures for import and export

Health protection for humans, animals and plants includes a list of links to the UK government’s sanitary and phytosanitary measures.

Grow your business with the UK

Intellectual property rights, regulations and procedures

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is the official UK government body responsible for intellectual property (IP) rights including patents, designs, trade marks and copyright.

The IPO operate and maintain a clear and accessible intellectual property system in the UK, which encourages innovation and helps the economy and society to benefit from knowledge and ideas. They help people get the right type of protection for their creation or invention. Further information can be found on the IPO website

Business registration procedures

Great.gov.uk includes a useful set of guides on expanding to the UK.

Read our guide Set up a business, where you can find:

  • step by step guides to registering the most common types of UK businesses
  • links to specific UK rules for different business models
  • details of the different responsibilities if you run the business from home or from a separate rented or purchased property
  • information on your responsibilities if you take on additional permanent or temporary staff

Other information

Government procurement notices, laws and regulations

Opportunities

Find a Tender lists high value contracts (usually above £118,000) in the UK’s public and utilities sectors. It also provides links to relevant UK public procurement regulations.

Contracts Finder lets you search for information about contracts worth over £10,000 with the UK government and its agencies.

The devolved nations of the UK (Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) also run their own separate procurement portals:

Other domain-specific procurement portals include:

Policy

Find the latest public procurement policy announcements.

UK trade statistics

Official trade statistics are available from HM Revenue and Custom's uktradeinfo website.

Many other data sets on the UK market are available from the Office of National Statistics.