Whether you’re sending to Fukuoka, Sendai or Tokyo, Fastlane® gets your shipment from the UK to Japan using the best courier services, at savings of up to 60% when compared with Post.
From fast express delivery to cheap economy delivery, Fastlane’s price comparison tool, makes it easy to compare rates to Japan from the best couriers.
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Thanks to our partnerships with the best couriers in the world, we can help you find great shipping rates to Japan. In fact, you can compare the prices of multiple couriers using our shipping price calculator to make sure you get the best price.
Fastlane® has been shipping goods around the world for more than 30 years, during which time we’ve built relationships with the best couriers in the world. This allows us to offer the best rates for shipping to Japan without having to compromise on our excellent service – meaning that we’re not only 60% cheaper than booking direct, you also get fast, tracked and signed for delivery.
Here are some prices for other popular Asian destinations:
Express – 2-Day Delivery
Economy – 4/5 Day Delivery
Express – 2/4 Day Delivery
Economy – 4/7 Day Delivery
Speedy 2-day Delivery
Guaranteed pre 9am, 10:30am and Noon Delivery
Cheap 4 – 5 day Delivery
Every package that is sent to Japan must pass through customs before it is delivered to the recipient. This allows for duties and customs to be applied, though if the parcel is worth less than 10,000 yen no fees will be charged. Because of this threshold, it’s important to properly declare the value of your goods.
In fact, properly declaring your goods is vital to ensure that there are no problems when it comes to clearing customs. Make sure to use the full name and value of the goods on your customs forms to minimise the risk of problems.
Fastlane® can collect parcels from most locations across the UK and Japan on the very same day that a booking is made, with booking up to 3pm in many urban areas. If the courier has not arrived by 4pm we recommend you contact us.
For heavy packages over 50 kg or bulk items over 180 cm in length, you’ll need to book the day before, and if you’re sending a pallet or an item requiring a tail lift or pallet truck, please contact our customer care team prior to collection.
Unless you’ve chosen to use one of our timed delivery services, we will deliver your package in Japan between 9am and 6pm on working weekdays. And we will make a total of three delivery attempts before your package is returned.
In some cases, our delivery partner will leave parcels in a safe place without requiring a signature to confirm that delivery has been made. If you require specific proof of delivery, please use the upgrade option ‘Signature required’ on our ‘select service page’
So that you always know exactly what’s going on with your shipment, Fastlane® offers free door-to-door tracking with every parcel we send to Japan. That means that you can keep an eye on your package from the moment it leaves your hands, all the way up until it arrives at its destination. In the unlikely event that there is a delay or problem, your parcel status is changed to ‘exception’.
We’ll also email you and your recipient with important tracking events so you’re kept informed at every step. But you can also see the progress of your parcel any time by entering your tracking number into our tracking tool.Learn more about tracking your parcel
Japan is one of the most popular gift destinations from the UK, and Fastlane® makes it easy to send presents. As long as your parcel is worth less than 10,000 yen, you won’t even have to pay duties and taxes while clearing customs.
However, there are a couple of important things to keep in mind when sending a gift. Most importantly, you’ll need to properly declare your goods. It can be tempting to try and make it a surprise for your recipients, but that can cause problems when clearing customs.
Fastlane® makes it safe and easy to send large or heavy parcels to Japan. We can ship packages up to 270cm in length, or 1,000kg in weight, including pallets, just be sure to book in advance. We have multiple options for shipping large and heavy goods including air freight and pallet shipping services so, whatever your needs, Fastlane® makes it simple to ship the biggest, heaviest goods.
If you’re planning to post a bigger parcel with Fastlane®, then all you need to do is book at least 24 hours in advance and make sure that you’re available to offer assistance to your courier in loading and unloading your shipment.Learn more about large parcel delivery
Japan is well known for the vast selection of weird and wonderful confectionary and other delicious food. But if you’ve had enough sushi, sometimes there is just no replacing the taste of home. Food is also one of Fastlane’s most popular shipments, so we’ve got plenty of experience in making it work.
Fastlane® makes it easy to send food to Japan, but there are a few things to consider when you’re shipping food to make sure that there aren’t any problems.
Japan is half a world away and, by the time your parcel arrives there it will have been handled by dozens of people and multiple machines. If you’d like your parcel to arrive in the same condition that it leaves, it’s very important to properly package your goods.
To make sure that there aren’t any problems, there are three key points to keep in mind when packing your goods for shipping:
If you want to be confident in your packaging, then get a new box to send your items. Older boxes may look sturdy enough, but if there are any hidden flaws they could mean the contents are damaged. If the contents will weigh more than 10kg make sure to use a double-lined box.
Wrap all your items individually before putting them in the box, then suspend them in packing materials, such as bubble wrap or foam peanuts, so that they’re at least 6cm from the box edge. Nothing should be able to move around inside once the box is closed.
Use proper parcel tape and wrap it three times around your parcel in a Union Jack pattern so that all joins and corners are covered. When attaching your label many couriers carry clear document wallets that you can use.
Yes. You can ship food to Japan with Fastlane®, as long as it is store bought and in original, unopened packaging. It’s also important to remember that couriers will not carry anything perishable, which means that you cannot send food that might go out of date within six months or is homemade.
When you’re shipping to Japan, customs fees – such as duties and taxes – are applied as part of the customs clearance process. They are applied by the Japanese customs agency, and Fastlane® has nothing to do with this part of the shipping process.
Yes, there are several items that you cannot ship to Japan. Couriers have lists of items that they are not happy to carry – to see what these are; you can see Fastlane’s list of prohibited goods. Equally, Japan have their own list of prohibited and restricted items. You can see these in the Japanese Restricted Items list.
Sometimes. When you’re sending a gift to Japan, there is a gift exemption that means you will not need to pay customs fees on gift shipments worth less than 10,000 yen. For parcels that are worth more than this you will have to pay duties and taxes as normal.
You can! In fact, Fastlane® has business shipping services that are specifically designed to work in conjunction with businesses to get the best prices and services. If you’d like to use Fastlane® for your eBay shipping that’s simple too – you can even check your shipping costs before you even need to list the goods.
Fastlane® has over 30 years in the courier industry, over which time we’ve built a reputation for the best possible service. Not only do we offer the lowest prices, we also give you free door-to-door tracking, complementary insurance of up to £50 and years of experience – all for more than 60% cheaper than booking directly.
Yes. Fastlane® are specialists in shipping extremely large and heavy goods, and thanks to our air freight and pallet services, we can carry shipments of up to 1,000kg in weight. If your package isn’t on a pallet, our large and heavy services can still service parcels of up to 70kg and as long as 270cm long.
Yes, if you’re sending to remote areas of Japan such as Izu, Matsue, or the Sado Islands, deliveries can take longer, however we’ll always provide an accurate transit time for each service at the point of quote. Just make sure you enter the postcodes when obtaining an online quote.