10-11-2021 | 10:30 - 11:30 CET

30-minute online training on what you should know about processes and procedures relating to EU exports to Japan. It also covers trade and administrative rules and regulations relevant to EU businesses which are new to exporting as well as those which carry out regular, on-going businesses with Japan.

Focus is given to small and medium sized EU enterprises (SMEs) and to those sectors which offer growing opportunities to EU exports to Japan, i.e., food and health sectors.

What are the import process and procedures for foods upon import to Japan?

Import and sales of foods require more complicated procedures than those of other items in Japan. Regulations concerning food sanitation and protection of domestic plants, animal and fisheries resources are enforced upon import. If failed to pass at quarantines, imported foods cannot leave Customs to market for sales. Imported foods are also subject to other regulations upon sales.

Qualified Japanese importers know relevant regulations and would ask foreign exporters to prepare required documentation. It is important to communicate effectively with Japanese importers and make those documents available on time. This training session aims to brief EU exporters who intend to export foods to Japan for the first time by outlining the import procedures and regulations imposed on import as well as on sales. This session also aims to brief EU exporters who wish to learn and benefit from more simplified and expedited import procedures, and check points for each quarantine. There are regular updates by Japanese authorities on import requirements reflecting new sanitary and disease situations so that continued communication with Japanese importers is indispensable in import process.

The webinar targets EU small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)

In 30 minutes from your desk, discover:

  • Food Import Procedures on Animal, Plant and Fisheries Resources Protection, and Sanitary and Phytosanitary Clearances (SPS)
  • Checkpoints at Plant Quarantine
  • Checkpoints at Animal Quarantine
  • Checkpoints at Fisheries Resources Quarantine
  • Checkpoints at Sanitary and Phytosanitary Clearances Quarantine


  • Introduction
  • Expert’s presentation
  • Q&A Session

Registration deadline: 9 November 2021

Speaker: Chieko Nakabayashi worked at the United Nations Industrial Development (UNIDO) in Vienna, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome, and Japanese bilateral ODA agencies. She is currently a professor and a consultant, specialized in cross-border business development in industrial and agricultural sectors and cross-cultural business communications. 
ModeratorPauline Laloux, Business Support Coordinator, EU-Japan Centre
Organiser: EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation - Brussels Office



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