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Philippine Banana

Under Plant Importation Act, plants are categorize into three categories

Imports of Fresh Banana

Resource: Customs, Trade Statistics of Japan
HS Code: 0803 (Bananas, including plantains, fresh or dry)
0803.10.100 = Fresh Plantains
0803.90.100 = Fresh Other (bananas)

2021

Ranking

Country

Volume(kg)

Amount(JPY)

Unit Price(JPY)

Market Share

Tariff

1 Philippines 844,307,058 ¥82,964,736,000 98.26 76.09% Certified as being Inabaniko, Lakatan, Latundan, Morado, Pitogo, Saba or Senorita bananas by the Government of the Philippines Free Other 8% in Summer and 18% in Winter, Free for Dried (EPA)
2 Ecuador 136,390,372 ¥11,892,150,000 87.19 12.29% 20% in Summer, 25% in Winter, 3% for Dried (WTO)
3 Mexico 74,498,703 ¥7,095,161,000 95.24 6.71% Free (FTA)
4 Guatemala 25,522,614 ¥2,545,165,000 99.72 2.30% 20% in Summer, 25% in Winter, 3% for Dried (WTO)
5 Vietnam 7,154,352 ¥781,842,000 109.28 0.64% 12.7% in Summer, 15.9% in Winter, Free for Dried (TPP11)
6 Peru 6,299,191 ¥691,627,000 109.80 0.57% Free in Summer, Free in Winter, Free for Dried (EPA)
7 Costa Rica 4,078,795 ¥308,581,000 75.65 0.37% 20% in Summer, 25% in Winter, 3% for Dried (WTO)
8 Taiwan 2,860,218 ¥520,220,000 181.88 0.26% 20% in Summer, 25% in Winter, 3% for Dried (WTO)
9 Thailand 2,806,406 ¥354,792,000 126.42 0.25% “For the Pooled Quota Free Other 10% in Summer and 

20% in Winter, Free for Dried (EPA)”

10 Colombia 2,371,590 ¥259,855,000 109.57 0.21% 20% in Summer, 25% in Winter, 3% for Dried (WTO)
11 Indonesia 2,064,610 ¥164,667,000 79.76 0.19% For the Pooled Quota Free Other 10% in Summer and 

20% in Winter, Free for Dried (EPA)

12 Laos 695,250 ¥76,302,000 109.75 0.06% Free (LDC)
13 Cambodia 495,092 ¥41,489,000 83.80 0.04% 10% in Summer, 20% in Winter, Free for Dried (ASEAN)
14 Australia 40,072 ¥7,536,000 188.06 0.00% If imported during the period from 1st April to 31st 

August 5.5% and Free for Dried (EPA), Winter 15.9% (TPP)

15 Sri Lanka 2,480 ¥1,700,000 685.48 0.00% 20% in Summer, 25% in Winter, 3% for Dried (WTO)
16 Uganda 1,970 ¥1,286,000 652.79 0.06% Free (LDC)
17 Togo 410 ¥830,000 2,024.39 0.01% Free (LDC)
18 France 384 ¥519,000 1,351.56 0.01% 12.7% in Summer, 15.9% in Winter, Free for Dried (EU)
19 China 420 ¥705,000 1,678.57 0.01% 20% in Summer, 25% in Winter, 3% for Dried (WTO)
20 India 30 ¥360,000 12,000.00 0.00% Free (LDC)

Total

1,109,590,017 ¥107,709,523,000 97.07

2020

Ranking

Country

Volume(kg)

Amount(JPY)

Unit Price(JPY)

Market Share

Tariff

1 Philippines 804,346,371 ¥81,202,035,000 100.95 75.27% Certified as being Inabaniko, Lakatan, Latundan, Morado, Pitogo, Saba or Senorita bananas by the Government of the Philippines Free Other 8% in Summer and 18% in Winter, Free for Dried (EPA)
2 Ecuador 136,190,283 ¥11,848,022,000 87.00 12.74% 20% in Summer, 25% in Winter, 3% for Dried (WTO)
3 Mexico 79,525,621 ¥7,308,358,000 91.90 7.44% Free (FTA)
4 Guatemala 21,094,447 ¥1,959,856,000 92.91 1.97% 20% in Summer, 25% in Winter, 3% for Dried (WTO)
5 Peru 5,526,573 ¥624,866,000 113.07 0.52% 0.9% in Summer, 1.8% in Winter, Free for Dried (EPA)
6 Costa Rica 5,889,343 ¥480,906,000 81.66 0.55% 20% in Summer, 25% in Winter, 3% for Dried (WTO)
7 Vietnam 4,474,377 ¥586,313,000 131.04 0.42% 14.5% in Summer, 18.1% in Winter, Free for Dried (TPP11)
8 Taiwan 3,322,243 ¥626,607,000 188.61 0.31% 20% in Summer, 25% in Winter, 3% for Dried (WTO)
9 Colombia 3,151,577 ¥335,698,000 106.52 0.29% 20% in Summer, 25% in Winter, 3% for Dried (WTO)
10 Indonesia 2,316,587 ¥175,038,000 75.56 0.22% For the Pooled Quota Free Other 10% in Summer and 

20% in Winter, Free for Dried (EPA)

11 Thailand 2,131,177 ¥276,895,000 129.93 0.20% For the Pooled Quota Free Other 10% in Summer and 

20% in Winter, Free for Dried (EPA)

12 Cambodia 686,424 ¥56,310,000 82.03 0.06% 10% in Summer, 20% in Winter, Free for Dried (ASEAN)
13 Australia 19,682 ¥3,072,000 156.08 0.00% If imported during the period from 1st April to 31st 

August 7.3% and Free for Dried (EPA), Winter 18.1% (TPP)

14 China 2,010 ¥4,063,000 2,021.39 0.00% 20% in Summer, 25% in Winter, 3% for Dried (WTO)
15 Sri Lanka 1,100 ¥731,000 664.55 0.00% 20% in Summer, 25% in Winter, 3% for Dried (WTO)
16 Uganda 420 ¥612,000 1,457.14 0.00% Free (LDC)

Total

1,068,678,235 ¥105,489,382,000 98.71

2019

Ranking

Country

Volume(kg)

Amount(JPY)

Unit Price(JPY)

Market Share

Tariff

1 Philippines 836,950,329 ¥84,518,638,000 100.98 80.03% Certified as being Inabaniko, Lakatan, Latundan, Morado, Pitogo, Saba or Senorita bananas by the Government of the Philippines Free Other 8% in Summer and 18% in Winter, Free for Dried (EPA)
2 Ecuador 119,293,874 ¥10,808,495,000 90.60 11.41% 20% in Summer, 25% in Winter, 3% for Dried (WTO)
3 Mexico 54,284,601 ¥5,236,579,000 96.47 5.19% Free (FTA)
4 Guatemala 12,598,831 ¥1,346,731,000 106.89 1.20% 20% in Summer, 25% in Winter, 3% for Dried (WTO)
5 Peru 5,667,802 ¥624,866,000 110.25 0.54% 1.8% in Summer, 3.6% in Winter, Free for Dried (EPA)
6 Costa Rica 3,469,048 ¥299,794,000 86.42 0.33% 20% in Summer, 25% in Winter, 3% for Dried (WTO)
7 Colombia 3,289,416 ¥355,837,000 108.18 0.31% 20% in Summer, 25% in Winter, 3% for Dried (WTO)
8 Taiwan 2,850,060 ¥488,412,000 171.37 0.27% 20% in Summer, 25% in Winter, 3% for Dried (WTO)
9 Indonesia 2,754,596 ¥213,372,000 77.46 0.26% For the Pooled Quota Free Other 10% in Summer and 

20% in Winter, Free for Dried (EPA)

10 Vietnam 2,525,335 ¥333,170,000 131.93 0.24% 16.3% in Summer, 20.4% in Winter, Free for Dried (TPP11)
11 Thailand 2,020,514 ¥263,508,000 130.42 0.19% For the Pooled Quota Free Other 10% in Summer and 

20% in Winter, Free for Dried (EPA)

12 Australia 69,966 ¥10,679,000 152.63 0.01% If imported during the period from 1st April to 31st 

August 9.1% and Free for Dried (EPA), Winter 20.4% (TPP11)

13 Cambodia 46,514 ¥3,767,000 80.99 0.00% 10% in Summer, 20% in Winter, Free for Dried (ASEAN)
14 Sri Lanka 3,232 ¥2,262,000 699.88 0.00% 20% in Summer, 25% in Winter, 3% for Dried (WTO)
15 China 1,084 ¥1,948,000 1,797.05 0.00% 20% in Summer, 25% in Winter, 3% for Dried (WTO)
16 Uganda 1,072 ¥1,435,000 1,338.62 0.00% Free (LDC)
17 Togo 390 ¥714,000 1,830.77 0.00% Free (LDC)
18 Korea 351 ¥2,867,000 8,168.09 0.00% 20% in Summer, 25% in Winter, 3% for Dried (WTO)
19 USA 345 ¥821,000 2,379.71 0.00% 10% in Summer, 20% in Winter, Free for Dried (GSP)
20 France 180 ¥223,000 1,238.89 0.00% 20% in Summer, 25% in Winter, 3% for Dried (WTO)
21 Spain 60 ¥407,000 6,783.33 0.00% 20% in Summer, 25% in Winter, 3% for Dried (WTO)

Total

1,045,827,600 ¥104,547,290,000 99.97

Frequently Asked Questions

Japan imports Banana mainly from the Philippines followed by Ecuador, Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Costa Rica, Colombia, Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and others.

Banana import data can be found from Japan’s customs website (https://www.customs.go.jp/english/) and also from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) website (https://www.maff.go.jp/j/tokei/).

Japan also has an importers association, the Japan Banana Importers Association, that promotes bananas and collects data of bananas in Japan. (https://www.banana.co.jp/union/)

Banana importers also have their own data.

 

This website will also be publishing updated data when available.

  1. Notification Form for Importation of Foods, etc. (Food Sanitation Act
  2. Phytosanitary Certificate issued from the exporting country’s government (Plant Protection Act)

Besides the regular import requirements(Food Sanitation Act and Plant Protection Act) of food in Japan, every banana shipment currently has to undergo a strict mandatory inspection of the chemical Fipronil in Japan.

Exporters and importers can be exempted from this mandatory inspection if the exporter in the Philippines passes a screening process and register as a trusted company based on the protocol agreed upon by both the Philippine and Japanese government. This process will be conducted by the competent offices of the Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Plant Industry(DA-BPI).

 

List of Exempted Exporters

Besides this website, you can find export market intelligence through the Philippines Statistics Authority.

The Philippines has a banana exporters association, the Pilipino Banana Growers & Exporters Association, that collects data and promotes bananas. (http://www.pbgea.org/index.html)

Bananas are sold all year round in Japan and can be found in all supermarkets and retail stores. Banana is not domestically grown in Japan for mass consumption and only has premium or experimental production. Almost all of the bananas seen in the supermarkets are imported with the Philippines leading the market share, followed by Ecuador. 

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