Have A Package That You Need To Ship To Japan? Some Tips On Getting It There

Posted on: 16 January 2017

If you have a package that you want to send to someone in Japan, you have to do things a little differently than shipping in the US. Learning what you need to do is important as it ensures your item will get to the recipient without damage. Below are some tips on how you can do this.

Choosing the Carrier

There are many things to consider when shipping something to Japan, and it can become very confusing. For example, there are some things that are not allowed to be shipped to Japan. There are also shipping requirements you have to understand. To make sure you have no problems, a carrier understands all these rules and regulations. Talk with different carriers in your area to find one that has experience shipping items overseas.

An international carrier will understand the documentation that is needed to ship your items as well, and how to properly label the items. They will also know how to list the items in a detailed listing that is needed to ship items overseas. A good carrier will provide insurance for the item just in case it is damaged.

Packaging the Item

You need to ensure that you package the item correctly. This is because the package will go through a lot of transfers on its way to Japan and the item could easily get broken.

You should know that your package may get opened and inspected as it is going through customs. For this reason, you need to consider how you are going to wrap it. One way is to wrap bubble wrap around the item and secure it with tape. If the box is inspected, this will be easy for someone to remove and then put back the bubble wrap back on. If the item is small, pack it in a large box anyway, as it is much easier for smaller boxes to get lost. Use cushioning so that the item has no room to move around in the box and get broken.

If you have something that is very fragile, ask the carrier or a shipping company for specialty containers to keep these things protected. For example, there are containers that are lined with bubble wrap and inflatable travel pouches the shipping company inflates and places the item inside of and then puts these items in the shipping container.

Following these two tips should help you get started if you have an item you need to ship to Japan.