I would like to export and sell chocolate for Japan. What should I do now?
When you sell it, you need a lot of applications.
There are two applications in Japan.
●Notification for importing foods, etc.
●Be Food sanitation manager
It is necessary to notify the Japan of Health, Labor and Welfare of importation of foodstuffs.
Refer to the link of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare for the flow up to import
However, some raw materials and additives cannot be imported into Japan.
Therefore, when you find a product you buy, first consult with the quarantine station.
When consulting with the station, if possible, obtain a list of raw materials and a manufacturing process chart from your prospective supplier.
As a result of consultation, if it becomes possible to import for Japan, negotiate the Incoterms with the supplier, place an order for the product, and obtain an invoice and packing list.
When requesting a transportation company, tell them that you have received a response from the quarantine station and have them prepare the food notification.
After arriving in Japan, it will be inspected and depending on the situation, it will be destroyed or reshipped.
→ One point advice: It is better to export a small amount for inspection.
If the inspection passes without incident, if the carrier declares the customs clearance, the import declaration will be made and the tax will be paid, and the import will be completed.
At the time of sale, it is necessary to become a food sanitation manager from the health center under the jurisdiction of the prefecture.
Tokyo Food Hygiene Association https://www.toshoku.or.jp/training/seki-gaiyou.html