Shipping from Japan to the UK

Freight forwarder Mercator handles import shipping from Japan to the UK regularly. We can handle freight from all industries and offer multi modal transportation including air and sea freight from Japan.

Sea freight vessel loaded with shipping containers

Shipping from Japan

When purchasing goods from a supplier in Japan you need to agree an Incoterm. Once you have this, you will know which parts of the shipment to the UK that you will be responsible for.  Whatever term you are buying on, Mercator can assist with your shipment from Japan.  We have the ability to arrange shipments from your supplier’s door straight through to UK customs clearance and delivery to your door.  Thanks to our founding membership of a global network (MarcoPoloLine), we have a freight forwarding partner based in Japan who will be able to take care of your shipment in Japan, completing pickups and export customs.

Air and Sea Freight from Japan

We can arrange both sea and air freight from Japan to the UK.  Sea freight from Japan takes around 40 days, plus a few days either side for loading, unloading and customs clearance.  There are weekly departures via sea freight from Japan to the UK from the major sea freight ports.  Air freight from Japan takes less than one day (if using a direct service), plus a few days either side for loading, unloading and customs clearance.  There are daily air freight departures from Japan to London Heathrow.

Sea freight shipping Vessel loading at port

Importing from Japan into the UK

Once your shipment has arrived in the UK, our import team will complete the UK customs clearance, make any payments to HMRC for VAT & duty (if applicable) on your behalf and then will arrange to deliver your shipment to your door.  Mercator holds badges at the major sea freight ports in the UK, so we complete our own UK customs clearances in house.  All of our import staff are trained and up to date with the latest HMRC practices and requirements.

Get in touch for your free quote today

If you would like us to handle your shipment from Japan and advise a price for clearance in the UK, get in touch with our import customs clearance team who will be pleased to assist: or call +44 2392 756 575