Food Import to Japan

COVUE IOR is available to importers of shelf stable food only. For fresh and frozen food, please contact a Japan importer for Fresh or Frozen food.

Importing food to Japan requires pre-approval from the Japan Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW). There is no blanket approval. Each shipment requires import application.

COVUE simplifies the process of importing food to Japan through our online application process.

COVUE Food Import Application Process

  1. Manufacturer Ingredient Search – this is first required step before starting the application. MHLW must confirm the manufacturer is in good standing with Japan MHLW and all ingredients are known to Japan.
  2. Complete COVUE IOR Registration –
  3. Complete Food Import Application
  4. Japan Food Labeling
  5. Notify MHLW Of Import