About the EU-Japan EPA

On 17 July 2018, the European Union and Japan signed an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), the biggest trade agreement ever negotiated by the EU that will create an open trade zone covering over 600 million people.

The agreement entered into force on 1st February 2019.

The EPA contains "a number of provisions that will simplify trade and investment procedures, reduce export and investment related costs and will therefore enable more small firms to do business in both markets. Among the expected benefits are increased transparency, less burdensome technical rules, compliance requirements, customs procedures and rules of origin, enhanced protection of intellectual property rights and geographical indications, better access to procurement tender procedures, as well as a special chapter to enable SMEs to maximise the benefits from the EPA". (Source: Proposal for a COUNCIL DECISION on the conclusion of the Economic Partnership Agreement between the European Union and Japan - COM(2018) 192 final)

The EU-Japan EPA is expected to boost trade in goods and services and will create many opportunities for EU SMEs: tariffs on more than 90% of Japan's imports from the EU will be eliminated at entry into force of the EPA. This will affect a wide range of sectors covering agriculture and food products, industrial products (including textiles, clothing...), as well as forestry and fisheries. In addition, non-tariff barriers are expected to be substantially reduced for motor vehicles, medical devices, and the "quasi drugs" sectors. Finally the agreement will facilitate the export of services to the Japanese market and will affect a significant number of sectors from telecommunications to postal services and the financial sector.

Our EU-Japan EPA Helpdesk already replied many enquiries that are available in our dedicated Q&A page (just select EU-Japan EPA category)

USEFUL LINKS:

About the agreement:
http://ec.europa.eu/trade/policy/in-focus/eu-japan-economic-partnership-agreement/

Market access database:
http://madb.europa.eu/madb/indexPubli.htm

Taxation and customs:
https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/business/international-affairs/international-customs-cooperation-mutual-administrative-assistance-agreements/japan_en

EU-Japan Trade:
http://ec.europa.eu/trade/policy/countries-and-regions/countries/japan/

EU-Japan Cooperation:
https://ec.europa.eu/growth/industry/international-aspects/cooperation-governments/eu-japan_en

Delegation of the European Union to Japan:
https://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/japan/56981/eu-japan-economic-partnership-agreement-epa_en

Agri-Food trade statistics:
https://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/sites/agriculture/files/trade-analysis/statistics/outside-eu/countries/agrifood-japan_en.pdf

DG Trade Helpdesk:
http://trade.ec.europa.eu/tradehelp/japan

The text of the EU-Japan EPA

The text of the agreement is available in all the official languages of the EU and in Japanese. (Click on the flag corresponding to your preferred language.)