EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (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.

The agreement entered into force on Friday, 1 February 2019.

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.

EPA HELPDESK TO SUPPORT EU SMEs

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.

CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

Should you be interested in being kept informed, receiving related documents or have a question, feel free to fill in this webform.

Information (webinars / factsheets) about topics that were already covered are available below.

Below listed are the services provided by the helpdesk:

INFODESK

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

EPA-related Q&As available here

You have a question? Feel free to contact the helpdesk. (If applicable, please mention the HS Code of the product you are enquiring about)

Or fill in the form here.

PUBLICATIONS

The EU-Japan Centre releases on a regular basis sectoral information packs composed of a factsheet presenting factual information about the changes brought by the EPA and a practical guide helping SMEs to take advantage of this agreement. The packs are prepared under the supervision of the European Commission and will match the sectors mentioned in below list.

For already available publications click here.

You would like to be kept informed about the release of the documents covering your sector? Please fill in this webform.

WEBINAR SERIES

The EU-Japan Centre organises webinars covering specific EU-Japan EPA-related topics. Each standalone webinar will last an hour. Participants will learn about the changes brought by the EPA the and new opportunities that are being created. After a 45-minute presentation, participants will be able to put their questions to the expert during a Q&A session.

The webinars are recorded and past one can be viewed at any time. Just click on the related links and check the "after event information" subchapter.

You would like to be kept informed about the forthcoming webinars? Please fill in this webform.

WEBINARS CALENDAR (2019 - 2020)

Rules of Origin 1 Past / click here to get access to the related information
Public Procurement Past / click here to get access to the related information
Wine, Spirits and Beers Past / click here to get access to the related information
Geographical Indications (GIs) Past / click here to get access to the related information
Dairy Products Past / click here to get access to the related information
Meat Products Past / click here to get access to the related information
Processed agricultural products (PAPs) Past / click here to get access to the related information
Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) Past / click here to get access to the related information
Rules of Origin 2 Past / click here to get access to the related information
Services & Domestic Regulations and Mutual Recognition Agreement Past / click here to get access to the related information
Tariff Rate Quotas (TRQs) Past / click here to get access to the related information
Public Procurement & Healthcare Past / click here to get access to the related information
Fruits & Vegetables Past / click here to get access to the related information
Malt, Starches, Wheat Gluten and Egg Albumin Past / click here to get access to the related information
Textiles and clothing Past / click here to get access to the related information
Footwear and leather products Past / click here to get access to the related information
Forestry products Past / click here to get access to the related information
Services & Finances Date: 7 April 2020
Registration here
Motor Vehicles Date: 5 May 2020
Registration here
SME Chapter Date: 19 May 2020
Registration here
Fisheries Date: 28 May 2020
Registration here
Services & Maritime Transport Date: 2 June 2020
Registration here
Services & Insurances Date: 16 June 2020
Registration here
Sanitary and phytosanitary measures Date to be announced

 

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/agriculture/sites/agriculture/files/trade-analysis/statistics/outside-eu/countries/agrifood-japan_en.pdf

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