Taobao Japan Guide:How To Buy From Taobao In Japan

I recently surf on taobao and found that Taobao Global Consolidation and Shipping supports Japan now.That means Japan shoppers can buy directly from taobao now.I don’t know if this is old news or not, but thought I’d share anyway with an overview of the ordering process and shipping rate.

1. Can i buy directly from taobao in Japan?

the answer is yes,Taobao is built for China domestic market,but it has a international forwarding service called taobao global consolidation and shipping.

this service supports several countries and Japan is one of them.

2. How to use this forwarding service?

The process of ordering on taobao using Global Consolidation and Shipping is pretty much the can follow this covers every details you need to know.

3. How much is the taobao direct to Japan shipping cost?

Here is the translated version of shipping rate from taobao.

Country Forwarder Local Courier First kg(RMB) Next 0.5kg(RMB) Size Limit Weight Limit
Japan 4PX 佐川急便Sagawa 69 12 Single Side: ≤120cm

Total: ≤150cm

Sources: ,Data is current as of Aug 31, 2019.

4. How long is taobao direct shipping to Japan?

It will take 4-5 business days to reach you after it is be shipping out by 4px.

5. The tax you should pay to Japan Customs

Japan Customs will charge a tax for your parcels,and here is the tax chart.

Clothing fur 20%
Outerwear underwear 5.3 to 12.8%
T Shirt 7.4 to 10.9%
Swimwear 8.4 to 10.9%
tie 8.4 to 13.4%
scarf 4.4 to 9.1%
Bags leather 8 to 16%
accessories Platinum gold and silver gem 5.2 to 5.4%
Watch Watches or other duty free
Electric Computer Camera duty free
Musical Instruments Piano and other musical instruments guitar duty free
RECORDS CD DVD Magazine duty free
Printed matter Music poster reproductions duty free
Artwork Painting sculpture duty free
cosmetic Perfume lipstick lotion and other cosmetics duty free
toy toy ~ 3.9% tax-free
Sporting Goods Automatic car, motorcycle duty free
Fishing Tackle 3.20%
Wear material (shoes) Even a little shoe leather 30% or 4300 Riyuan
Furniture Office furniture, tables, etc. duty free
bed linings Sheep artificial cotton carpet 6.3 to 8.4%
Kitchenware Stainless plastic ceramic glass ~ 3.9% tax-free
bedding Felt quilts and other linens 3.2 to 10.9 &
Drink Tea 3 to 17%
Coffee beans Exemption to 12%
water 3%
Soft drinks 9.6 to 13.4%
Wine Beer, whiskey brandy liqueur duty free
Red Wine 45 to 182 yen / 1 liter
Biscuits Snacks chocolate 10%
Fruit sugar 24 to 25%
Biscuit 13 to 20.4%
ice cream 21 to 29.8%
Meat, fish and other concoctions sausage 10%
canned fish 9.60%
Canned crab 5%
cheese Cheese category 22.4 to 40%
cigarette Cigarette No tax – 29.8%
Cats and dogs and other pet food Cats and dogs and other pet food No tax ~ 36 yen / kg

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45 thoughts on “Taobao Japan Guide:How To Buy From Taobao In Japan”

  1. Hi Eric,
    Thank you for your post. Apparently I want to buy several things on Taobao but I don’t know if there is any prohibited goods that couldn’t be shipped to Japan. I tried to go to the help centre but couldn’t really find anything related to that.
    Thank you

  2. Hello! I was able to order but I can’t get past the payment option? They said they support credit cards but they redirect me to an Alipay account registration. Please help me. Thank you!

  3. Hey ERIC thank you for such a valuable information. Really appreciate it. I am beginner now. I would like to ask couple of things.

    1) Does 4PX shipping option mean direct from china to japan or do i have to need extra agents to combine my order and send to Japan.
    2) When I directly contact with supplier they are keep telling they don`t ship to Japan and they are asking to find agent.


    1. Hi,Jalol

      1) you dont need extra agents,4px will ship from China to Japan.
      2) most of the supplier dont know taobao official forwarding service,but it doesn’t matter as they will be shown a China address when you place order and choose consolidated they don’t have to ship to Japan,they just need to ship to the China warehouse address.

      1. ERIC
        You are lifesaver!!! Thank you so much really appreciate your precious time.

        Then I will just need order through 4px option hope it comes without problem. If there is any result I will comment below section so others also use.


  4. I tried to buy some pen refills recently using this consolidation shipping, but the warehouse told me they can’t ship them? Are pens something that aren’t allowed to be mailed in China?

  5. Hi Eric

    I want to buy a “wooden dummy” for Kung fu practice. It is about 1.6 meter tall, 30cm width. It weights about 50kg made out of wood.

    Do you thing is possible?
    I think seller will not care if they can ship or not just accept my purchase first then cannot ship will be a problem.

    Please kindly advise.


  6. They might be “able” to ship it to you directly now, but that doesn’t mean that it is cheaper to have it sent to you that way.

    For example, when I attempted to buy a coat and have it sent to Japan, it was 200RMB for direct shipping. Through a forwarder it was 100RMB.

  7. Eric, thank you for your very useful sharing.

    I have a question, I am trying to purchase a phone from Taobao to Japan but unfortunately while checking out, there is no option for me to select the forwarder, unlike buying any other stuff where there is an option for me to select.

    Does it means that the PRouter and 4PX are not shipping mobile phones to Japan?

    1. That option is disabled because mobile phone is electronic product containing lithium both of them will not ship mobile phones to need to find an agent that can ship mobile phones to Japan.

      1. Dear Eric,
        I had tried many time to register for world Taobao. But when I input my japan mobile number, no SMS receive. I had check med with my moblie phone server. My Japan number can receive overseas messages. But only world Taobao can’t… I can’t register and buy from Taobao and send to Tokyo.. how??? Please help me.. Thank you so much.

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