Entered without carnet on the 19th August 2011 in Sakaiminato
Hi everybody on the 19th August 2011 I was able to enter in Japan without Carnet de passage en douane at the Sakaiminato port using the C5014 form, it was lengthy but it worked. I came by ferry from Vladivostok through Korea and to Sakaiminato japan (dbs ferry www.dbsferry.com
The main point are:
1)Be informed on the laws and regulations before entering because the officers will try to tell you a lot of bullshit.
2)Fortunately my Japanese friend called in advance Sakaiminato port authority (as Chris_in_Tokyo suggested to do) because when i got there they asked me if i knew the procedure to use the c5014 form (as they did not know) and as i mentioned the name of my friend they recalled the phone call they had and so they start believing me.
3) I spent 12.000 yen for douane fees and 5.500 for 1 month insuarance (my bike is a 1000 cc ktm adventure)
4) the whole procedure took maybe 2 hours at the port and other 2,5 hours at a small used car shop where I issued the insurance ( they called different police departments, governmental offices, JAF ...)
5) In different location and different officers/people told me that I needed :
Jaf confirmation, International driving plate, international licence (that i have but is not necessary for bilateral agreements) all obviously unnecessary.
6) I did not need any proxy or guarantor as mentioned in the c5014 form.
A german couple of friends entered one week later in Wakanai (Hokkaido) and they had Carnet but the Custom there prefered to use the C5014 and not did not stamp the Carnet.
You can PM me if need any explanation or Chris_in_tokyo anyway knows much more than me.