Of the 20 most exported EU PAPs to Japan, important products such as cigarettes, mineral waters, cocoa powder, pectic substances, spirits, yeast and caseinates were liberalised at the entry into force of the Agreement. Others such as uncooked spaghetti, esterified starches, food preparations without added sugar and without more than 30% milk food preparation (such as tariff line 2106.90.299), chocolate confectionary and other food preparations containing cocoa, candies and biscuits, cookies and crackers will be liberalised within 5 or 10 years.
Sizeable TRQs are provided for other products such as food preparations related to wheat and barley, and coffee preparations. A limited number of tariff lines is excluded from any EPA preference when related to rice. These tariff lines are labelled in Japan’s EPA Schedule as an “X”-category.
The complete text of the EPA, and Annexes, incorporating the articles on PAP, can be found on the following website of the European Commission:
A factsheet has been published on this topic. Please click here to get access.
In addition, webinars were organised on this topic:
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