Recommended shipping of swords to Japan.
The Japanese postal service offers express mail international service (EMS), which provides a seamless shipping method with the postal organizations worldwide. When shipping products to Tokyo, shipping swords via EMS is the safest, fasted method for delivering swords to the recipients.
For U.S. customers: When you ship items to Japan, please instruct the U.S. Postal Service that you would like to use Express Service. This is the equivalent of EMS in the Japanese postal system.
For customers world wide: Please refer to the EMS website for additional information pertaining to the EMS cooperative organization with global postal agencies.
Swords shipped using private shipping services (e.g., Federal Express, DHL, UPS, etc.) may result in the swords being delivered to the shipping organization's distribution hub in Narita airport, which requires a longer period of time to clear customs in Japan. Please contact Mr. Bowhay with any questions regarding the shipment of swords.
Notice about shipping non-traditionally made swords to Japan
Prior to shipping any swords to Mr. Bowhay, please contact him directly to discuss any items you plan to ship to him for restoration.
Items shipped to Japan that may be considered questionable under Japanese customs regulations could present a time consuming issue for delivery. Additionally, all items included in the shipment, regardless of whether they are in question or not, will be returned to the sender if Japanese customs determines one of the items is a banned item.