Japan Post Service to tie with eBay on auctions

Kyodo

Japan Post Service Co. will help people in Japan sell goods through an online auction website run by eBay Inc. under a tie-up agreement with the leading U.S. Internet consumer-to-consumer company, sources said Monday.

Japan Post Service will start a support system next spring to automatically prepare English documents needed to display goods on the website when consumers in Japan fill in their names and addresses in Roman letters, the sources said.

The system will also prepare customs documents in English for goods that sellers in Japan hope to send to overseas buyers.

Japan Post decided to join up with eBay in a bid to increase its handling of international mail articles and is expecting the number of items related to the new service to reach several million annually in a few years’ time, the sources said.

It plans to charge lower postage for goods to be sent under the new service than regular mail.

The alliance is also expected to benefit eBay by increasing the number of Japanese art, craft and other objects on its auction site, the sources said.