Special Focus: Fishery

Knowing the specifics of the Japanese market is vital for any project to succeed. This month in “Special Focus”, we focus on Fishery.
Information on the related sub-topics, latest reports, and coming webinars on this topic are available on the following links. 


With nearly 30,000 km of coastline, Japan’s geographical conditions are very favourable for fishing. Its 2017 fishery production totalled 4.30 million tonnes. However, the industry on the decline and production is falling. As a result, Japan has to increase its imports to meet its consumption needs. Japan has one of the highest global per capita levels of fish consumption and fish has traditionally played a key role in diets and as the major protein source. Currently, Japanese consumption is around 33 kg per capita. Supply of fish and fishery products for domestic consumption was estimated at 7.67 million tons for FY2015 (converted on a fresh fish basis, estimates), of which 6.14 million tons (80%) were for human consumption (food) and 1.53 million (20%) tons for feed and fertilizer (non-food). To read more, please click on the link below: 

About Fishing


The EU-Japan EPA represents new opportunities to EU companies seeking to export fisheries to Japan. Under the Agreement, all the fish products have been, or will be liberalised over time. The aim of this Factsheet titled "EPA & Fishery Products" to explain to EU exporters of fishery products the market access opportunities offered by the EU-Japan Economic Partnership (EPA). This factsheet takes a close look at market access, focusing on tariff lines and the different types of preferences applied by Japan on imports of EU fish products. It then gives comprehensive information the rules of origin applied for these fishery products. For further reading, please click on the link below

Factsheet: EPA & Fishery Products


 Previous Webinar:

Trade concessions are contained in the EPA for EU exporters of fishery products to Japan. As a result, these EU products have, since the entry into force of the Agreement, an important competitive advantage on the Japanese markets. The webinar is targeted to EU companies seeking to export fishery products to Japan by taking advantage of the trade preferences offered by the EPA. For more information on our previous webinar 'EPA Helpdesk Webinar 22: Fisheries', please click on the following link:

EPA Helpdesk Webinar 22: Fisheries