ACP Service – Attorney for Customs Procedure

What is ACP? – Attorney for Customs Procedure

In principle, Japan Customs does not permit foreign entities to act as the Importer of Record (*IOR).

*The IOR is the entity responsible for the import of the goods to Japan and will be responsible for all the Customs duties and taxes.

However, even such a foreign entity can act as a non-resident importer (IOR), if you appoint an ACP (Attorney for Customs Procedure) who can handle the customs procedure on your behalf. We, ACP Japan provide this service as being ACP. On behalf of a non-resident clients we support by ensuring the import customs procedure.

We support many import projects including E-commerce such as Amazon’s FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon) program and Rakuten for the international sellers. Please feel free to contact us!

Our ACP service (basic service line-up)

ACP Japan’s strength is that we, qualified customs specialists, also have been experienced many ACP projects including Amazon FBA, for sure we can support as ACP on behalf of your importing goods to Japan. The examples of the ACP services, but not limited :

  • The preparation works for ACP Application to a certain Japan Customs Office
  • Facilitate consultation with Japan Customs Office to obtain the ACP approval
  • Communication with stakeholders such as Logistics provider and Customs Office on behalf of a non-resident client, to ensure the goods can be safely importing.
  • Prepare the documentations for the calculation of Customs Value (Customs Valuation Formula), in accordance with an appropriate compliance under the Japan Tariff Customs Law.
  • Documents keeping, required under the article 95 – Japan Customs Law

How we proceed the works

Step.1) Please send us information through the contact form, regarding:

    • The website (URL link) or catalogue of the exact goods planning to import to Japan.
    • Approximate volume, varieties, shipping frequency of the goods to import to Japan.

Step.2) ACP Japan to submit quotation and scope of works, for a specific client. Step.3) Once the client agrees with the quotation, we’ll proceed signing of a service agreement between us. Step.4) Then, we’ll start preparation of documentation regarding ACP application. The documents we need to prepare are, for instance, power of attorney, a certificate of company registry, the calculation formula of the customs valuation. Step.5) Once set of documentations prepared, we will start communication with Japan Customs Office to obtain an approval of ACP.

Why ACP Japan?

  • Professional of Customs and International Trade
  • Fully compliance in accordance with Japanese Customs Law – Maintaining the service quality with fully compliance with Japanese Customs Law, including setting of the appropriate Customs Valuation of the import goods to Japan.
  • Experienced and credible partner – As we have been experiencing to provide ACP services to many clients as demand has been increasing, you can rely on us as a credible partner.
  • Qualified ACP service provider in Amazon SPN (Service Provider Network – We have officially become a qualified ACP service provider in Amazon’s Service Provider Network (SPN) under the Compliance category.


Our Tax Representative service (optional)

We, ACP Japan provide one-stop services by supporting as ACP and Tax Representative for Japanese Consumption Tax (JCT) issues. We provide following services by collaborating with a Tax Accountant to ensure the all the service to be served in accordance with Tax Laws.

  • Support notification to become a taxable company for Japan Consumption Tax.
  • Support notification of tax representative appointment.
  • Support preparation/submission of the JCT return.
  • Communication with stakeholders including National Tax Office.
  • Cash handling support (e.g. Payment of the JCT to National Tax Office)

  Please see, the details of the article for Japanese Consumption Tax (VAT) issues.

ACP Japan, became Amazon’s SPN provider as qualified ACP service provider.

ACP Japan (SK Advisory) has officially become a qualified ACP service provider in Amazon’s Service Provider Network (SPN) under the Compliance category.
The service provider in SPN is qualified officially by Amazon, has a role to support Amazon Sellers. We are registered in the “Compliance Category” and supporting Amazon Sellers especially to provide ACP/IOR service to fulfill Japanese import regulations.

Why ACP service is necessary?

In Japan, Customs law does not permit foreign entities (non-resident) to act as the Importer of Record (IOR). Having said that, the non-resident can import to Japan by using “Attorney for Customs Procedures (ACP)”. The basic process is that the non-resident importer (NRI) applies to Japan Customs, requesting that the ACP act on its behalf to import into Japan. Once the application is approved, the NRI may engage the ACP to import on its behalf. We provide the service as being ACP then manage the import customs procedures on behalf of NRI.

Our ACP Service (Attorney for Customs Procedures)

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IOR Service

What is IOR – Importer of Record?

When you export goods to Japan, for import, there must be an Importer of Record (IOR) in place.

The importer, in principle, shall be a Japanese resident person/entity who’s responsible for taxes, customs duties as well as import related regulations.

Unlike other regions, Japan Customs does not permit foreign entities to act as IOR.

But if foreign entity apponts ACP (Attorney for Customs Procedure), the entity can be Non-Resident Importer (IOR) then you can import by yourself.

Our IOR service

Our ACP service can be regarded as the IOR service. We’re serving as an ACP (Attorney for Customs Procedure), by this, the non-resident entity (based in outside of Japan) can import the goods by themselves as being Importer – IOR.

The structure of our ACP/IOR service is as follows.

We coordinate with a logistics provider and Japan Customs to ensure the client’s goods to import in timely and compliance manner.

Our credentials

  • We are providing ACP/IOR service to many overseas clients for their import projects. In many cases, we support the clients who would like to import the goods to Amazon Fulfillment Center in Japan under the FBA program. But also we have other clients  who would like to import for their selling to the customer in Japan under the DDP/DAP contract, or their internal use purpose.
  • Qualified ACP service provider in Amazon SPN (Service Provider Network) – ACP Japan, has officially became a qualified ACP service provider in Amazon’s Service Provider Network (SPN) under the Compliance category.

Our ACP Service (Attorney for Customs Procedures)

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Import into Japan by ACP – Atorney for Customs Procedure