Rates for Service by Air

As of September, 2018

Commodity:personal effects / household goods (international moving from Japan)

U.S.A. Los Angeles, San Francisco 850 yen/kg
Other cities 950/1450 yen/kg
Canada Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal 950 yen/kg
Australia and New Zealand 850 yen/kg
Europe A 850 yen/kg
Europe B 950 yen/kg
Europe C 950 yen/kg
Asia A 750 yen/kg
Asia B 900 yen/kg
(1 kg = 2.2 lbs)  

For a small shipment, service by air is less expensive than service by sea.
- The minimum weight is 45 kg. Shipments under this weight are shipped as 45 kg.
- Services are available to most international airports around the world, however, depending on the destination, a higher rate may be applied.
- These tariffs only cover delivery to destination terminals. Destination charges such as terminal service, airline handling fees, customs clearance and delivery charges at the destination or the alike are not included.
- Door-to-door service is available to the following countries at additional charge.
 - UK / Australia  / Netherlands / France / Switzerland
 - USA (some areas)   

All charges are subject to change without prior notice.

- Please note that the above rates may not be applicable to shipments to certain destinations.
- Fuel and security surcharge may be applied.
- Higher rates will be applied for shipments which seem to be time-consuming or for shipments containing certain commodities. JLE reserves rights to decide what rate to offer to each shipment considering various factors.

JLE Handling Charge

Customs Clearance Charge: 5,900 yen per consignment.
∗A consignment refers to all the packages shipped at the same time.

Pickup Charge

Tokyo (23 wards) area: free
Outside of Tokyo and Yokohama: flat rates (additional charges of 50 to 250 yen per kg).

Rate Example

50 kg to Los Angeles : 850 yen x 50 kg + 5,900 yen = 48,400 yen


100 yen/kg per week (if reservation is made in advance)


Optional marine and air insurance is available through our company, The premiums is calculated by the value of the goods you declare on your packing list

Europe A London, Paris, Munich, Frankfurt, Rome, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Zurich, Oslo
Europe B Madrid, Barcelona, Hamburg, Budapest, Bucharest, Helsinki, Stockholm, Brussels
Europe C Manchester, Birmingham, Dublin, Shannon, Glasgow, Belfast, Lyon, Toulouse, Nantes, Hanover, Basel, Stuttgart, Berlin, Milan, Prague, etc
Asia A Seoul, Hong Kong, Taipei
Asia B Pusan, Bangkok, Jakarta, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Denpasar

About volumetric weight
In accordance with IATA (International Air Transport Association) volumetric standards, volumetric weight will apply if a shipment is below a certain weight density. The chargeable weight of airfreight is the higher of the actual gross weight or the volumetric weight. Volumetric weight: Height (cm) x Length (cm) x Depth (cm) 6,000. For example, the volumetric weight of a box of 40 x 60 x 50 cm will be 20. If the gross weight of this box is 25 kg, the chargeable weight is 25 kg (25 is larger than 20), however if the weight of this box is only 1 kg, then the chargeable weight will be 20 kg (20 is larger than 1). Volumetric weight is likely to apply when shipping objects low in weight density such as duvets, acoustic guitars or bicycles.

Dangerous Goods (Air Cargo)
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Rates for Service by SEA

Please contact this office for a quotation.

Rates are available from the minimum volume of one cubic meter*

How the charges for international move from Japan will be calculated.
You will be charged based on the space occupied by your shipment in the container.The volume will be used in calculating ocean freight charges and the cubic meter is the unit of volume. One cubic meter equals 35.3 cubic feet. The minimum volume for all international ocean carriers is one cubic meter and if the total volume of a consignment is less than one cubic meter, then the chargeable volume is one cubic meter.
Weight of cargo is not a pricing factor in international SEA shipping with the exception of extremely heavy cargo.

Pricing System
Some of charges related to ocean shipping are on a per shipment basis, (a shipment refers to all the boxes shipped together at the same time.) while the sea freight charge itself is calculated by the volume. By this we mean some of the charges comprising the charges are the same regardless of the volume. For example, customs clearance charge is the same whether you are shipping one cubic meter or shipping 20 cubic meters. Therefore, the charges for each additional cubic meter will be less expensive than first cubic meter. By this we mean the charge will not be doubled when shipping two cubic meters than when shipping one cubic meter. Thus, the charges are more reasonable when you move a large amount.

This is one of the reasons why people choose international shipping companies for moving from Japan especially when they are shipping a number of packages whose volume are close to or over 1 cubic meter while it is less expensive to ship by Japan Post if shipping only one or two packages. If you get confused, do not worry! We will send you a shipping quote which is self-explanatory and very easy to understand.

Frequency of ships departure
Weekly service is available from Japan to most destinations around the world. (To some destinations, the service is available biweekly or semiweekly.)

Service to inland cities
Services by sea are available to inland cities in the USA, Canada and some countries in Europe. For such destinations, shipments are transported to the port first such as Vancouver, Los Angeles, Le Havre (France), Rotterdam and they will be transported by rail or truck to the terminals in the final destination cities. Such service is called *Multimodal Transport*.

Door-to-port service is highly recommended as this will be far less expensive than door-to-door.

Please note:
・We do not handle car shipments.
・Services are not available to African countries except South Africa.
・Door-to-door service is available to the following countries at additional charge: U.K., Australia, New Zealand, U.S.A., Netherlands, Hong Kong

To learn more about shipping services, please go to the following pages.

Money saving tips on international moving from Japan
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