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Export licensing requirement
On 1 April 2012, the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) issued 14 notifications concerning the licensing application procedure of exports. To simplify the procedure, the METI combined the notifications in 2 circulars, one on individual and one on bulk licenses, which entered into force on 1 April and 1 July 2012, respectively.
While the second circular does not introduce major changes in policy, the first one simplifies export procedures and is thereby beneficial for Japanese exporters and foreign importers of Japanese goods. More specifically:
i) The end-user certificate form (required as part of the application procedure) is simplified.
ii) Certain rigid post-license management practices are abolished (for example the pre-approval requirement for the domestic transfer of goods already licensed.
iii) The number of necessary end-user statements is reduced. Before the circular, certain sensitive items required two end-user statements: one from an importer (end-user) to an exporter in Japan and one from the exporter in Japan to the METI. The second requirement is eliminated, since traders considered it burdensome and most other countries do not impose such conditions.
iv) The submission of invoices, packing lists and individual customs valuation declarations will no longer be required for low-risk Category 1 imports.
The publication of the circular aims explicitly at streamlining trade operations, thereby facilitating trade.
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