Export and Import Control

Export and Import Control

Security Export Control

Missiles and nuclear threats, terrorist attacks in various regions, and other such unexpected contingencies have necessitated the implementation of even stricter export controls. Sharp was one of the first companies in Japan to consistently engage in export control, an approach which dates back to the Cold War, when COCOM regulations were in effect.

With today’s advances in technology, the line between civilian and military technologies is becoming blurred. There have been a number of cases of civilian technologies being applied in a military context. Manufacturers must therefore be extremely cautious when exporting products and components and transferring technologies—even if they are explicitly intended only for civilian use. As rival countries vie for technological supremacy, technology transfers must be managed with the utmost strictness.

In line with the Japanese Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act (Foreign Exchange Act), each Sharp Group company, including domestic and overseas subsidiaries, has a system in place for secure export control based on the Sharp Code of Conduct and Sharp Compliance Program on Export Control.

Through this system, Sharp strictly monitors goods and technologies that fall under local export control regulations, while rigorously screening the destination and the end use of Sharp products and technologies. Sharp strives for legal compliance by responding rapidly to revisions whenever laws are revised due to changes in international circumstances. In addition, Sharp strictly complies with rules on the re-export of products from the US, a country that demands stringent control of cargo exports and technology transfers for reasons of security and human rights. Sharp responds promptly to rapidly changing regulatory content.

The key to Sharp’s stringent export control is education. Sharp has various education programs that foster awareness of export control for all employees.

Sharp will maintain and further improve these systems to secure comprehensive export control.

Trade Control

Exporting and importing require proper control in compliance with the Customs Act and the Customs Tariff Act of Japan. In particular, there is a strong need for appropriate logistics control regarding the safety of goods for export and import. This is to prevent illegal cross-border trade in weapons by international terrorist groups and to ensure border control of illegal drugs, a major social issue.

Regarding export and import, Sharp is licensed as an AEO (authorized economic operator) exporter* and importer*. It strives for appropriate export/import by strictly observing laws and regulations in the control of distribution, security, customs clearance, customs duties payments, and other procedures in the export and import of goods. This provides the advantage of reducing the time required for customs procedures and contributes to ensuring the safety of the global supply chain. When it comes to export/import items other than AEO exports and AEO imports—for example, international courier/mail or hand luggage carried by business trip travelers and visitors—Sharp has in place a system to ensure compliance with relevant export/import laws and regulations. As well as strengthening its internal control organization, Sharp reviews and updates current internal operational rules, makes a database of export/import records, and conducts thorough training.

Sharp will continue to conduct appropriate export/import control.

  • An exporter or importer recognized by the Japan Customs as having a system for security control and compliance in place.