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07 May, 2020 Legal Update

Japan: Export Certificates

Japan: Export Certificates

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan notified the World Trade Organization of the Procedure for temporary measures to accept scanned or hard copies of export certificates.

In order to facilitate trade during the COVID-19 outbreak, scanned or hard copies of export certificates for animals, plants and their products to be exported to Japan are accepted.
As for plant health, the National Plant Protection Organization of the exporting country should send an email to with an official letter stating that the country would like to apply for the temporary measures in this document (Annex 1).
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