EPA HELPDESK TO SUPPORT EU SMEs

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.

INFODESK

The EPA Helpdesk answers EPA-related queries. In case the answer is not be available in-house, the EU-Japan Centre will signpost to relevant existing online information.

EPA-related most common Q&As are available here.

You have a specifc question?

Please fill in the form here (be sure to mention the HS code of your product).

PUBLICATIONS & WEBINARS

The EPA Helpdesk publishes factsheets covering factual information about the changes brought by the EPA and organises related webinars.

During the webinar, participants are able to ask their questions to the experts.

WEBINARS CALENDAR (by date of event)

Topics Links to factsheets Links to past webinar recording or future webinar registration
2021 SERIES
Geographical Indications (GIs) Factsheet Webinar recording
Presentation
Wines and Spirits & Beers Factsheet: Spirits and Beers
Factsheet: Wines
Webinar recording
Presentation
Dairy Products Factsheet Webinar recording
Presentation
Meat Products Factsheet Webinar recording
Presentation
Processed Agricultural Products Factsheet Webinar recording
Presentation
Tariff Rate Quotas Factsheet Webinar recording
Presentation
Fruits and Vegetables Factsheet Webinar recording
Presentation
Textiles Factsheet Webinar recording
Presentation
Leather and Footwear Products Factsheet Date: 11 May 2021
Registration open here
deadline 10 May 2021
Forestry Products Factsheet Date: 28 May 2021
Registration open here
deadline 27 May 2021
Vehicles Factsheet Date: 15 June 2021
Registration open here
deadline 14 June 2021
SME Chapter Factsheet Date: 29 June 2021
Registration open here
deadline 28 June 2021
Rules of Origin 1 None released Date: 7 September 2021
Registration open here
deadline 6 September 2021
Rules of Origin 2 None released Date: 23 November 2021
Registration open here
deadline 22 November 2021
2020 SERIES
Rules of Origin 1 None released Webinar recording
Presentation
Public Procurement Factsheet
Guideline
Webinar recording
Presentation
Wine Factsheet Webinar recording
Presentation
Spirits and Beers Factsheet Webinar recording
Presentation
Geographical Indications (GIs) Factsheet Webinar recording
Presentation
Dairy Products Factsheet Webinar recording
Presentation
Meat Products Factsheet Webinar recording
Presentation
Processed agricultural products (PAPs) Factsheet Webinar recording
Presentation
Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) Factsheet Webinar recording
Presentation
Rules of Origin 2 None released Webinar recording
Presentation
Services & Domestic Regulations and Mutual Recognition Agreement None released Webinar recording
Presentation
Tariff Rate Quotas (TRQs) Factsheet Webinar recording
Presentation
Public Procurement & Healthcare None released Webinar recording
Presentation
Fruits & Vegetables Factsheet Webinar recording
Presentation
Malt, Starches, Wheat Gluten and Egg Albumin Factsheet Webinar recording
Presentation
Textiles and clothing Factsheet Webinar recording
Presentation
Footwear and leather products Factsheet Webinar recording
Presentation
Forestry products Factsheet Webinar recording
Presentation
Services & Finances Factsheet: crowdfunding
Factsheet: blockchain
Factsheet: payment
Webinar recording
Presentation
Vehicles Factsheet Webinar recording
Presentation
SME Chapter Factsheet Webinar recording
Presentation
Fisheries Factsheet Webinar recording
Presentation
Services & Maritime Transport Factsheet Webinar recording
Presentation
Services & Insurances Factsheet: postal insurances
Factsheet: life insurances
Factsheet: non-life insurances
Factsheet: reinsurance
Webinar recording
Presentation
Rules of Origin 3 None released Webinar recording
Presentation
Telecom Factsheet Webinar recording
Presentation
Rules of Origin 4 None released Webinar recording
Presentation

ABOUT THE EPA

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.

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
http://madb.europa.eu/madb/fta_japan_overview.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/info/sites/info/files/food-farming-fisheries/farming/documents/agrifood-japan_en.pdf

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