In Shops

Fa-So-La to open arrivals duty free stores at Tokyo Narita Airport

Fa-So-La Duty Free is to open two arrivals duty free stores at Tokyo Narita Airport Terminal 2 in early September.

Further arrivals stores will follow before the end of the year at the other two terminals at the Japanese airport (Terminals 1 and 3), according to Narita International Airport Corporation.

NAA Retailing Corporation will operate the stores, which will offer alcohol and tobacco products from overseas brands.

SEE ALSO: Lotte Duty Free to unveil South Korea’s biggest duty free store

Arrivals duty free shops would open at Japanese airports as part of reforms to the tax system in the country. “It could appeal to returning Japanese who do not want to carry bottles of liquor around on their trip and be a convenient last-minute shopping option,” Narita International Airport Corporation said at the time.

“Visitors to Japan will also be able to enjoy duty free shopping on their arrival for added shopping convenience and enjoyment,” the company said.

SEE ALSO: Shilla duty free opens mobile app, online mall for Japanese clients

As we noted last year, the prospect of duty free shopping on arrival has surfaced many times in Japan, notably during the height of the Japanese outbound travel boom from 1966 till the late 1980s. Local duty free retailers and airports have often complained that overseas retailers were benefiting from high off-shore spending to the disadvantage of Japanese companies. But resistance from Japanese domestic market retailers always stopped any progress.

That is now changing, not only in Tokyo but around the country. It is a big boost in particular for newly privatised airports Sendai International and Kansai International.

(Source: Moodie Davitt Report)

Follow Retail in Asia on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Get our top stories delivered to your inbox: