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Deregulatory Measures in Import and Export Procedures as a Response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

March 5, 2020

In response to expected delays and other disruptions in imports and exports as a result of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has summarized trade control related procedural notifications, including some new special treatments. Please be mindful of underlined parts for changes from our previous release on February 14, 2020, including extensions in some special treatments.

In addition, METI kindly requests licensing applicants to take advantage of mail or electronic applications as much as possible. Please contact the Trade Control Department or regional offices for further details.

Note: Underlined parts represent changes from the previous press release published on February 14, 2020 titled “Relaxation of Import and Export Procedures and other Treatment as Responses to the Novel Coronavirus Epidemic.”

1. Imports

(1) In cases where expiration of import license is imminent (Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act)

Importers are expected to apply for extension of their import license BEFORE IT ACTUALLY EXPIRES in case such license is set to expire due to delays or other disruptions as a result of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Notes:

  1. For applicants having difficulty in obtaining documents demonstrating necessity of license extensions, METI will alternatively accept an importer’s written self-statement explaining [i] detailed background of such necessity for extension and [ii] difficulty in obtaining such documents until June 30, 2020.
  2. For further procedural details, please refer to “Validity Period of Import Approval and Procedures for Extending the Period and Other Purposes” (Precaution for Imports 10, No.49, on May 15, 1998).

It should be noted that expired import licenses are no longer extendable and subject to re-application. Also, please note that METI cannot extend the validity periods of foreign-issued certificates such as the CITES Export Permits and the Kimberley Process Certificates.

(2) In cases where expiration of a tariff quota certificate (leather and/or leather shoes) is imminent (Interim Measures Act on Tariffs)

Importers are expected to apply for a 30-day extension of their tariff quota certificate (FY2019) BEFORE IT EXPIRES (i.e. March 31, 2020) in case such license is set to expire due to delays or other disruptions as a result of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Notes:

  1. Importers cannot apply for extension after April 1, 2020.
  2. For applicants having difficulty in obtaining documents demonstrating difficulties in completing customs clearance (e.g. an exporter’s communication document notifying a delay in shipment of goods, which clearly states the estimated date of arrival in Japan), METI will alternatively accept an importer’s written self-statement explaining [i] detailed background of such necessity for extension and [ii] difficulty in obtaining such documents.
  3. For further procedural details, please refer to Appendix 1 and the document “Request for Tariff Quota and Approaches to Handling Tariff Quota Certificate and Other Information for FY2019” (Precaution for Tariff Quota No.2; 20190204 Bou; No.6, on March 8, 2019).

2. Exports

(1) In cases where expiration of export license is imminent (Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act)

Exporters are expected to apply for extension of their export license BEFORE IT ACTUALLY EXPIRES in case such license is set to expire due to delays or other disruptions as a result of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Note:

  1. For further procedural details, see the document “Operation of the Export Trade Control Order” (Precaution for Exports 62, No.11, on November 6, 1987).

It should be noted that expired import licenses are no longer extendable and subject to re-application. In addition, please note that validity periods of the CITES Export Permit, the Kimberley Process Certificates, and the Certificates of Origin are not extendable.

(2) In cases where the conditions set in the export license are not fulfillable before the deadline (Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act)

Deadlines of conditions set in the export license, for all destinations, (e.g. reports for installation of machine tools) are automatically extended until June 30, 2020. While application for such extensions are not required, exporters are requested to fulfill the conditions as soon as possible if such conditions become fulfillable even before the new deadline.

Notes:

  1. The specific dates for the special treatments may be subject to further extension if necessary.

3. Revision of related notices

On March 5, 2020, METI established the provisions for partial revision of the Measures on Trade Control as Responses to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (Precaution for Exports 2020, No.3; Precaution for Imports 2020, No.1; and Precaution for Tariff Quota No.3, which are all dated February 14, 2020). For details, visit the following websites.

4. Contact Counter (by telephone)

See the Appendix2 (in Japanese)

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