Show and Sell Japan, formerly Tell and Sell Japan

Payment on Delivery

Payment on Delivery (POD) (daikin hikikae, 代金引換) allows the seller to post the parcel to the buyer at the buyer’s expense AND collect an extra amount on top of the postal fees. This is a very good option when the cost of the item is fairly high. The seller has to fill out a form and pay a handling fee (about 250 yen). Then, the dimensions of the box are calculated and the postal rate is decided. For a box of approx 50×70x20cm, the rate is around 1500 yen. Then, the seller can add a selling price on top of that (say 5000 yen), for a total of 6500 yen that will be paid by the buyer.

For an extra 100 yen, the seller can arrange to have the item picked up from his or her home, but in this case, you will need to have picked up the form at the post office ahead of time.

The seller can choose to receive payment by money order or by direct transfer into his or her postal account. In the case of a money order, the seller will be charged a small handling fee. The seller will receive the money order by registered mail and will have to take the money order to the post office to be cashed. This means that the direct transfer option is probably best in most cases, if the seller has a postal account. Once the buyer has paid the amount, the post office will send the money to the seller and, if you choose the direct payment, it should be in your account within about two days.

If you decide to use this service, don’t forget to ask for the buyer’s telephone number. If the buyer is not home when the package is delivered, the post office will call to arrange a new delivery date/time.

Thanks to Janine Boyd for walking us through this process!

If you have a hint about using Payment on Delivery to deliver items in Japan, please add it to the comments below.

>>Read about other methods for sending money and items.


1 Comment »

  1. Notes from TaSJ Members:

    If you are mailing media, tell the post office “Yu-mail chakubarai.” It can save the recipient more than half price of regular chakubarai for anything under 3kg! Let’s all help each other save money; who knows if the current post rates can last with rising gas prices.

    Just be quite insistent about it! The PO clerks in this neck of the woods just look blank for a few moments then start waving around the printed pink “Yu-Pack” chakubarai slips (which is NOT what you want). “Yu-mail chakubarai” doesn’t require any form-filling: the clerk just stamps something on the addressed parcel and weighs it.

    Also, for those who are not familiar with Kuroneko Takkyubin, you can send small thin packages for 80 yen (1 cm thickness) and 160 yen (2 cm thickness) anywhere in Japan. This means DVDs, CDs, game software, some books and even clothes folded and packaged tightly can be sent cheaper than the post office.

    Comment by Shaney — June 15, 2008 @ 1:34 pm

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