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Economic Partnership Agreement

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 Friday, 1 February 2019.

To raise awareness of the opportunities this agreement offers and to help EU SMEs take advantage of them, the EU-Japan Centre has launched an EPA Helpdesk to support and guide EU SMEs in their search for relevant information. The "EPA Helpdesk" answers EPA-related queries, organises webinars and publishes information packs each of them composed of a factsheet and/or practical guide covering a specific topic or sector.

Below is the list of topics and sectors impacted by the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement.

In each chapter, you will find among others:

  • Factsheets and guides available
  • Forthcoming webinar announcements
  • Past webinar recordings
  • Experts' Power-point presentations
  • Links to related Q&As
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.

EPA & Cheese and Dairy Products

About Cheese and Dairy Products:

EPA & Fisheries

About Fisheries:

EPA & Footwear and Leather Products

About Footwear and Leather Products:

EPA & Forestry Products

About Forestry Products:

EPA & Fruit and Vegetables

About Fruit and Vegetables:

EPA & Geographical Indications

About Geographical Indications:

EPA & Human Resources Mobility

About Human Resources Mobility:

EPA & IPR

About IPR:

EPA & Malt, Starches, Wheat Gluten and Albuminoidal Substances

About Malt, Starches, Wheat Gluten and Albuminoidal Substances:

EPA & Maritime Transport

About Maritime Transport:

EPA & Meats

About Meats:

EPA & Processed Agricultural Products (PAPs)

About Processed Agricultural Products (PAPs)

EPA & Public procurement

About Public Procurement:

EPA & Rules of Origin

About the Rules of Origin:

EPA & Services - Finance

About Services:

EPA & SME chapter, technical barriers to trade & trade facilitation aspects

About SME Chapter:

EPA & Spirits and Beers

About Spirits and Beers:

EPA & Tariff Rate Quotas

About TRQs:

EPA & Textiles and Clothing

About Textiles and Clothing: