Importing Shelf-Stable Food Products into Japan

Japan law required the imported of record (IOR) to complete a food import application for every shipment. There is no blanket authorization for food import of any category. The food import application requires pre-import approval from Japan MHLW.

Steps for importing Shelf-Stable Food

  1. Register COVUE as your IOR
  2. Submit product ingredient and manufacture information to MHLW for pre-application approval
  3. Submit products to the local MHLW lab for product testing.
  4. Create a certified food label for each product
  5. Start Japan Food Import Application
  6. Receive approval for import


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