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EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement

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The EU and Japan's Economic Partnership Agreement entered into force on 1 February 2019.

EU firms already export nearly €70bn in goods and €28bn in services to Japan every year.

In the past European firms faced trade barriers when exporting to Japan, which sometimes made it hard for them to compete.

The trade agreement with Japan:

  • removes tariffs and other trade barriers and creates a platform to cooperate in order to prevent obstacles to trade; and
  • helps us shape global trade rules in line with our high standards and shared values, and;
  • sends a powerful signal that two of the world's biggest economies reject protectionism.

More information:

About the agreement

Committees and Dialogues

The EU and Japan meet regularly to discuss issues and best practices when applying the agreement.


Negotiation round reports, Textual proposals, Impact Assessments

Negotiation process

Negotiating reports, impact assessments, meetings with EU Member States, the European Parliament, and civil society

Information for businesses

EU-Japan Trade in your town box

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Exporters' information

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Latest news

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EU-Japan trade surges 13% after catching up to pre-pandemic levels

Today, Executive Vice-President and Commissioner for Trade Valdis Dombrovskis and Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Yoshimasa Hayashi co-chaired the fourth meeting of the Joint Committee under the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).