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On November 12, 2010 Japan Post made an announcement of new shipping restrictions to the USA. Recently, Twitter et al. has been ablaze with news of this announcement, and there seems to be some mis-information being passed around.
The restrictions basically state that in order to thwart terrorist activities, packages 453 grams (16 ounces) or heavier being shipped via aircraft to the US and its territories will not be accepted starting November 17, 2010 (tomorrow) continuing for an unforeseen period.
Shipping methods affected:
- Standard Airmail
- Small Parcel Airmail
- Standard SAL
- Small Parcel SAL
What does this restriction mean for you personally? As an individual shipping from Japan to the USA, you will have to chose another shipping method (ie. seamail) if your package weighs 453 grams or more.
So Can I Get My Moe?
The good news is that business entities that have contracts with Japan Post are not affected by this new restriction. Please be aware that beNippon has a long standing history with Japan Post, and we are not affected by the new shipping regulation. beNippon will continue to offer our current selection of shipping methods to all customers in the US and its territories. Yes, you can get your moe~!
Official Japan Post announcement [Japanese]