I want to export and sell scotch from Scotland to Japan. I love scotch, but I have never exported or sold it, so I have no idea what to do! !
I’m sorry for the vague question because I don’t know what I don’t know. Please tell me what should I do.
This article explains the basic steps and points for exporting alcohol to Japan. Using our experience as a trade consultant, we will guide you on how to export alcohol to Japan.
Steps for exporting alcoholic beverages
Now, I will explain the specific steps for importing alcohol to Japan.
- Developing a business plan: First, we will create a business plan that will clarify the type and quantity of Scotch to be imported in Japan, price range, sales strategy, etc. This gives you direction.
- Obtaining an Import License: A license is required to import alcoholic beverages in Japan. Apply to the National Tax Agency and obtain an import permit based on the Liquor Tax Law. There are required documents and procedures to apply for a permit, so it is important to check them in advance.
Main laws to be cleared
・Liquor tax law
・Food Sanitation Act
・Food labeling law
・Customs-related laws such as customs laws
- Calculating duties and taxes: Import duties and taxes may apply. Accurately understand how customs duties are calculated, tax rates, and taxes associated with imports. Calculating your expected costs in advance will help you budget accordingly.
- Shipping and Storage Arrangements: Transporting and storing Scotch requires care. Choose a reliable shipping company and check their packaging and protective measures. The storage environment after arrival is also important to maintain quality. It is best to check on-site, but if this is difficult, ask to take photos of the packaging, boxing, and vanning into the container, and check the countermeasures.
- Labeling and regulatory compliance: Scotch labels must have accurate information. We will list the product’s alcohol content, ingredients, manufacturing location, etc., and be careful to comply with Japan’s food labeling laws. There are companies that specialize in creating food labels, so it is a good idea to hire one.
Road to success
Gathering accurate information and making a plan can pave the way to success. The key is to take it one step at a time and find solutions to challenges. Take advantage of your passion as a Scotch lover and get the chance to offer attractive products to Japanese consumers.
These are the important steps and points when importing alcohol. Please use this as a reference to help you succeed in your Scotch export business to Japan.