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

About SME Chapter:

SMEs in both Japan and the EU represent more than 50 % of economic output. Since 1 February 2019, the Agreement allows a strengthening of the bilateral economic relations in a market of more than 573 million inhabitants. The EU-Japan EPA offers business opportunities for SMEs as it facilitates trade and reduces costs. As a result, eliminated or reduced tariffs, in combination with a simplification of rules and provisions on investment, joint ventures and other business relationships, create important trade opportunities.

The complete text of the EPA, and Annexes can be found on the following website of the European Commission:


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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