Import Valuation for Japan Amazon FBA: Deductive Method

Last Updated on May 5, 2024 by ACP JAPAN

Import Declaration Value Assessment for Amazon FBA Shipments to Japan

Fundamentals of Calculating Import Declaration Values Based on Japan’s Customs Tariff Law

Overview of customs valuation methodology:

Typically, for importations that involve a purchasing agreement between an overseas seller and a Japanese buyer who also acts as the importer, the declaration value can be based on the CIF sales transaction price. This method is recognized as the primary determination method under Customs Tariff Law Article 4, Paragraph 1.

In instances involving Amazon FBA, where Amazon International Sellers send their products to an Amazon FC warehouse in Japan without transferring ownership, the primary method is not applicable. Consequently, a special determination method must be applied as outlined in Customs Tariff Law Article 4-2 and subsequent sections.

For Amazon FBA shipments, the import declaration value is usually set by a special method detailed in Customs Tariff Law Article 4-4, which calculates the taxable value for special import goods using the domestic sales price determination method of Article 4-3. This process includes subtracting specific local expenses (such as import duties, consumption tax, Amazon Referral Fee, Amazon FBA Fee, and domestic transportation costs) from the domestic sales price, a technique referred to as the Deductive Method.


Deductive Valuation Technique

The deductive valuation process, based on the domestic sales price, is outlined as follows:

Step 1) Subtract Amazon Fees, Fulfillment Costs, and Other Domestic Fees (e.g., Domestic Transport, Clearance charge) from the Domestic Sales Price.

Example: Sales Price 74,500 JPY – Total Fees 13,930 JPY = 60,570 JPY


Step 2) Adjust the result from step 1 for the 10% Japan Consumption Tax and any applicable customs duty rate.

Example: 60,570 JPY ÷ 110% = 55,063 JPY


This results in 55,063 JPY being the per product import declaration value.


Required Screenshots for Validation of Sales Price and Fees

Japan Customs mandates the provision of screenshots as proof of the Sales Price and deducted fees.

Evidence of Sales Price: Obtain this from the Amazon Sales Page at [ NUMBER]

Amazon Seller Central Simulator: Capture a screenshot from the provided simulator in Amazon Seller Central.

Cost Documentation: Occasionally, you might need to submit the “Fulfillment by Amazon Cost Report”.

As your trusted Customs Procedures Attorneys (ACP) in Japan, ACP JAPAN is committed to meticulously preparing all requisite documentation and screenshots for the import declaration process. Depend on our skilled guidance to meet all your customs requirements.



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