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What is required to ship charity goods to Japan?

AES Broadcast  03/16/2011          Broadcast  #  2011016


What is required to ship charity goods to Japan?


On Friday, March 11, 2011, a major earthquake struck northern Japan,
devastating the area and triggering tsunamis.  Many U.S. residents and
organizations are generously donating food, water, medicines, and other
supplies to aid in the relief efforts.  In order to facilitate the
movements of these goods, we offer the following guidance that applies
to any goods not requiring a license, such as food, clothing, and

These are four Schedule B numbers that can be used when exporting
humanitarian goods.  Those numbers are found in Chapter 98 of the
Schedule B manual, under heading 9802.

Schedule B Number Description Unit of Measurement
9802.10.0000 Food products X No Unit Required
9802.20.0000 Medicinal and pharmaceutical product X No Unit Required
9802.30.0000 Wearing apparel (including footwear headwear) X No Unit Required
9802.40.0000 Donated articles, not elsewhere specified X No Unit Required

Any shipment valued over $2,500 per Schedule B number or that requires
a license must be filed in AES.  However, if the shipment is valued
less than $2,500 per Schedule B Number and does not require a license,
then the low value exemption (NOEEI FTR 30.37(a)) can be used.  In this
case, food, clothing, and medicines do not require a license.

The Export Information Code to be reported is "CH" for shipments of
goods donated to relief or charity.  The value to be reported is the
market value.  If that value is not known, estimate how much you would
receive if you sold the goods.  The value should be consistent with
the goods being exported, to avoid confusion and possible delays with
U.S. Customs & Border Protection officers at the port of export.

There are different ways to file your export information.  The most
common is to report through the Census Bureau's free Internet based
filing system called AESDirect, which can be accessed at
We have provided training videos to help you get started with AESDirect
that can be accessed at

Another option is to file with a forwarder or agent who may be more
familiar with export licensing and regulations.

With so many individuals and first time exporters shipping donated
goods to Japan, the exporting process may seem overwhelming.  However,
we at the Census Bureau are available to help make the process as smooth
as possible.

If you need more information, we are available at 800-549-0595. Select
menu Option 1 for help with the AES, Option 2 for Classifications, and
Option 3 Regulations.  You can also send us an email at or

Please continue to support those in Japan during this time of tradegy.
Your assistance is greatly appreciated.


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Source: FTDWebMaster, Foreign Trade Division, U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, D.C. 20233
Created: 21 Sep 2010
Last modified: 18 November 2015 at 02:08:05 PM