Recently, the so-called “parallel imported products” (heiko yunyu-hin) and “personal imported products” (kojin yunyu-hin) are being widely marketed on the Internet because they are cheaper than the “genuine imported products” (seiki yunyu-hin).
However, there are problems occurring such as products causing side effects because of having poor quality, causing skin problems in makeups or unable to return them even when recalled.
When purchasing parallel or personal imported products from abroad, you need to understand the risks and only buy from a reliable seller.
*1 – Parallel Imported Products (heiko yunyu-hin) are products that were imported via routes other than the routes of genuine products, they were not imported into Japan through foreign affiliate or affiliate manufacturers in Japan and other official stores that have sales contracts.
*2 – Personal imported products (kojin yunyu-hin) are products bought directly from abroad for personal use.
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If you are having problems with products purchased from overseas sellers, please consult with the Transnational Consumer Protection Center. (Ekkyo Shouhisha Center)
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Reference: “Important Points when Purchasing Parallel Imported Products and Personal Imported Products from Abroad” from the Consumer Department.