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Imports of goods related to the CITES

People who intend to import any listed species of animals or plants under the CITES are required to receive an export permit/a re-export certificate* issued by the government of the exporting country and for certain listed species, required to receive a certificate of import approval* or a certificate of prior-confirmation* by the METI Minister.

When you intend to import such listed species, you are required to complete necessary procedures, including import approval*, prior confirmation*, and customs confirmation,* depending on the type of the goods that you intend to import. The first step is to identify which Appendix from Ⅰ to Ⅲ the goods belong to.

Identifying the type of goods that you intend to import

If you already know which Appendix (Ⅰ, Ⅱ, or Ⅲ) your import goods belong to, click here.

The first step is to identify which CITES Appendix category (I, II, or III) the animals and/or plants belong to. The scientific name of the animals and/or plants in Latin is required to identify the correct category. Please contact the manufacturers, producers, factories, and so forth to confirm the scientific name. 

Flow chart of import procedures (in Japanese)

Application counter

Service hours

Notes
  • Please note that the authorities assume no responsibility for postal mail lost in transit.
  • Please send a complete set of predetermined documents to the following contact counters.
  • Please also enclose a prepaid reply envelope on which your address and the type of mail (registered mail or simple registered mail) to be used for returning your reply envelope are written. 
    (Using “Letter Pack” service and packages by Japan Post is recommended.)

Contact counters

Contact counter of import approval/Prior confirmation (finished products (stuffed animals, tanned leather, leather products, serum, blood plasma, DNA, etc.)) Contact number
Licensing Group, Office of Trade Licensing for Wild Animal and Plants, Trade Control Department, Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau, METI
14th floor, 1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901
*Applications are only accepted by post.
Tel: 03-3501-1723
Fax: 03-3501-0997
10:00-12:00 a.m., 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Mondays to Fridays except holidays of administrative organizations
Contact counters of prior confirmation: (living animals) Contact number
Licensing Group, Office of Trade Licensing for Wild Animal and Plants, Trade Control Department, Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau, METI
14th floor, West Wing 8 of the METI Main Building, 1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901
*Applications are only accepted by post.
Tel: 03-3501-1723
Fax: 03-3501-0997
10:00-12:00 a.m., 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Mondays to Fridays except holidays of administrative organizations
International Affairs Division, General Coordination and Policy Planning Department,
Hokkaido Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry
Sapporo No. 1 Godo-chosha Building, North 8, West 2, Kita-ku, Sapporo City, 060-0808
Tel: 011-709-1752
Fax: 011-709-1798
International Affairs Division, General Coordination and Policy Planning Department,
Tohoku Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry
3-3-1 Honcho, Aoba-ku, Sendai City, 980-8403
Tel: 022-221-4907
Fax: 022-261-7390
General Affairs Division, Tokyo International Trade Office
Yushima Godo-chosha Building, 4-6-15 Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 113-0034
Tel: 03-5842-7071
Fax: 03-5689-7841
General Affairs Division, Yokohama International Trade Office
10F Yokohama Media and Communications Center 11 Nihon-Odori, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken 231-0021
Tel: 045-212-1105
Fax: 045-201-7156
Regional Economy Division, International Affairs Department,
Chubu Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry
2-5-2 Sannomaru Naka-ku, Nagoya City, 460-8510
Tel: 052-951-4091
Fax: 052-961-7829
Trade Division, Trade Department,
Kansai Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry
1-5-44, Ohtemae, Chuo-ku, Osaka City, 540-8535
Tel: 06-6966-6034
Fax: 06-6966-6088
General Affairs Division, Kobe International Trade Office
5th floor, Kobe Local Joint Government Building, 29, Kaigan-dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture, 650-0024
Tel: 078-393-2682
Fax: 078-393-2685
International Affairs Division, Industry Department,
Chugoku Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry
Hiroshima No. 2 Godo-chosha Building, 6-30, Kami Hatchobori, Naka-ku, Hiroshima City, 730-8531
Tel: 082-224-5659
Fax: 082-224-5642
International Affairs Division, Industry Department,
Shikoku Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry
Takamatsu Sunport Godo-chosha Building, 3-33 Sunport, Takamatsu City, 760-8512
Tel: 087-811-8525
Fax: 087-811-8565
International Affairs Division, International Affairs Department,
Kyushu Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry
Fukuoka Godo-chosha Building, 2-11-1, Hakata Eki Higashi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka City, 812-8546
Tel: 092-482-5425
Fax: 092-482-5321
Commerce and Trade Division, Economy and Industry Department,
Okinawa General Bureau, Cabinet Office
Second Naha Government Office Building No. 2, 2-1-1 Omoromachi, Naha City, 900-0006
Tel: 098-866-1731
Fax: 098-860-3710

Last updated:2024-04-09