Outline of the system
The METI shall designate and publish a list of items of goods for which import approval must be obtained, to comply with Article 3 of the Import Trade Control Order. A person wishing to import an item published in the above-mentioned list shall be subject to import approval for imports provided for in Article 4.
The list of items shall be made public by the METI in the Official Gazette, the Official Bulletin of Economy, Trade and Industry and International Trade Bulletin.
Approvals are required for various, including HS chapters 22, 44, 84, 87 specified in accordance with the relevant domestic laws and regulations for import control. (e.g. alcoholic beverages, lumber, machinery and electrical machinery, gold)
Nature of licensing
If Automatic, administrative purpose
If Non-Automatic, description of the notified Non-Automatic Licensing regime
Products under restriction as to the quantity or value of imports
In principle, the approval system is intended to take the measures decided by the government.
Questions for products under restriction as to the quantity or value of imports
The system applies to products originating from which country?
The approval system applies to products coming from Russian Federation.
Expected duration of licensing procedure
Is the licensing statutorily required?
The approval system is a statutory requirement of Article 4.1(2) of the Import Trade Control Order
Does the legislation leave designation of products to be subject to licensing to administrative discretion?
Legislation leaves the designation of products subject to licensing up to administrative discretion.
Is it possible for the government to abolish the system without legislative approval?
It is possible for the Government to abolish the system without legislative approval.
Eligibility of applicants
Is there a system of registration of persons or firms permitted to engage in importation?
What persons or firms are eligible to apply for a licence?
Is there a registration fee?
Is there a published list of authorized importers?
Contact point for information on eligibility
Submission of an application
Administrative body(ies) for submission of an application
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry METI
What information is required in applications?
What documents is the importer required to supply with the application?
Window of submission of an application
How far in advance of importation must application for a licence be made?
An importer shall apply for import approval, in advance of importation, taking into consideration around two weeks of the processing time.
Are there any limitations as to the period of the year during which application for licence can be made? If so, explain
Importers may apply for import approval in any time of the year.
Issuing the license
Can a licence be granted immediately on request?
Examination needs sufficient time, therefore, an approval cannot be granted immediately on request.
Can licences be obtained within a shorter time-limit or for goods arriving at the port without a licence
The items subject to import approval cannot be imported without a certificate of import approval.
Which administrative body is responsible for approving application of licences?
Applications for import approval are considered only by the METI.
Must the applications be passed on to other organs for visa, note or approval?
Are there any other conditions attached to the issue of a licence?
Fees and other administrative charges
Is there any licensing fee or administrative charge?
What is the amount of the fee or charge?
Is there any deposit or advance payment required associated with the issue of licences?
Amount or rate?
Is it refundable?
What is the period of retention?
What is the purpose of this requirement?
Refusal of an application
Under what circumstances may an application for a licence be refused other than failure to meet the ordinary criteria?
In principle, approval shall not be given.
Are the reasons for any refusal given to applicants?
Have applicants a right of appeal in the event of refusal to issue a licence?
If so, to what bodies and under what procedures?
Are there any limitations as to the period of year during which importation may be made?
What documents are required upon actual importation?
Are there any other administrative procedures, apart from import licensing and similar administrative procedures, required prior to importation?
Conditions of licensing
What is the period of validity of a licence? Can the validity be extended? How?
Is there any penalty for the non-utilization of a licence or a portion of a licence?
Are licences transferable between importers? If so, are any limitations or conditions attached to such transfer?
Is foreign exchange automatically provided by the banking authorities for goods to be imported?
Is a licence required as a condition to obtaining foreign exchange?
Is foreign exchange always available to cover licences issued?
What formalities must be fulfilled for obtaining the foreign exchange?