A geographical indication is a name used to identify a product as originating in the territory of a particular country, region or locality where its quality, reputation or other characteristic is linked to its geographical origin.
The EU-Japan EPA foresees full protection for more than 200 EU GIs (foodstuffs, wines and spirits). The legal provisions guaranteeing this protection are of the same high level as those foreseen for wine and spirits products in Article 23 of the WTO TRIPS Agreement, but now extended to other agricultural products, including beers.
The complete text of the EPA, and Annexes, incorporating the Articles on Geographical Indications, can be found on the following website of the European Commission: http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/press/index.cfm?id=1684
A factsheet has been published on this topic. Please click here to get access.
In addition, webinars were organised on this topic:
What to know before starting trade exchanges with Japan?Even if you already export to some FTA-countries, you will need specific information if you intend to have trade with Japan as the EU-Japan EPA
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