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Japan: Economic Partnership Agreement with EU

Japan: Economic Partnership Agreement with EU

The EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement will enter into force 1 February 2019, following completion of the agreement’s ratification by the EU Parliament and Japan’s National Diet.


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Read text of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement in Japanese or English

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Benefits under EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement

The EU and Japan together represent approximately 30% of global GDP and 26% of global trade. The agreement between the EU and Japan will reduce or eliminate customs duties on most goods, and will allow for increased market access through reduced time and cost of importing and exporting through the reduction of non-tariff measures (e.g., regulatory environment, technical regulations, conformity standards, etc.). 

  • For Japanese exporters, opportunities will be presented through a gradual reduction or complete elimination of customs duties in the industrial goods sector (e.g., automobiles and parts, machinery, chemical products and electronics). 
  • For EU exporters, opportunities will be in the agriculture, beverage, textile, and apparel and leather product sectors. 

KPMG observation

Similar to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)—set to enter into force in January 2019—the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement will also allow for self-certification by an exporter, an importer or a manufacturer—thus reducing time, cost, administrative burdens, and missed opportunities compared to other agreements that require government authority certification. However, as is the case for most economic partnership agreements and free trade agreements, rules of origin may be complex and will require planning and preparation in order to meet the agreement’s requirements for qualification. 


For more information, contact a professional with KPMG’s Trade & Customs practice in Japan:

Masaharu Umetsuji | +81 3 6229 8070 |     

Kozu Takayuki | +81 3 6229 8205 |

Or contact a professional with KPMG’s Trade & Customs practice in the United States:

Doug Zuvich
Partner, Global Practice Leader
T: 312-665-1022

Andy Siciliano
Partner, National Practice Leader
T: 631-425-6057

Irina Vaysfeld
T: 212-872-2973

Robert Waldrop
T: 212-954-8117 

Christopher Young
T: 312-665-3229

George Zaharatos
T: 404-222-3292

John L. McLoughlin
Principal, East Coast Leader
T: 267-256-2614

Luis (Lou) Abad
Principal, WNT
T: 212-954-3094

Amie Ahanchian
Managing Director
T: 202-533-3247

Gisele Belotto
Managing Director
T: 305-913-2779

Andy Doornaert
Managing Director
T: 313-230-3080

Jessica Libby
Managing Director
T: 612-305-5533

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