Customs


Customs regulations in Japan, France, Italy, and China are meant to safeguard their respective domestic markets. However, these countries keep their screening process ambiguous, making it difficult to determine which ingredients are prohibited in wines, especially in Japan. To overcome these challenges, it is advisable to have a local representative who can liaise with customs officials on your behalf. In Japan, it can take up to 3 weeks and 9 attempts to secure customs clearance for just one label, whereas in China, the clearance process can extend up to 6 months. In both cases, having strong connections from within is crucial.

Our customs specialists are here to assist you every step of the way. They will provide you with thorough guidance and support throughout the testing and screening process, ensuring that your wines are rigorously tested for specific ingredients. Additionally, we offer consultations to advise you on banned ingredients or those that have caused issues with customs clearance in the past. Our customs specialists are committed to overseeing and challenging customs clearance, and they proactively monitor all activity to ensure a smooth experience for our clients.

It is absolutely imperative that client wines pass through the strict and ambiguous customs screening processes of regions like Japan and France. Our success rate is largely due to our team of native customs specialists who vigilantly monitor, contact, and confront customs departments.

Consultation is provided for customs issues and clearance for the United States, Pacific Rim Countries, and Europe.

Customs Consultation Overview
  • Import (duties payment) declaration
  • Cargo marks, number, description, type, quantity, and value
  • Documents replacing the invoice
  • Supplementary documents for determining the standard of taxation or explaining the contents of the declaration
  • Documents needed to obtain special tariff concessions
  • Documents of approval and permits
  • Customs regulations, duty rates, preferential tariffs, and values for duty assessment
  • The customs Act
  • Customs Tariff Law
  • Temporary Tariff Measures Law
  • Duty Rates

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