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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.
About the agreement
Committees and Dialogues
The EU and Japan meet regularly to discuss issues and best practices when applying the agreement.
Negotiating reports, impact assessments, meetings with EU Member States, the European Parliament, and civil society
Information for businesses
Export info for SMEs exporting to Japan
Export info for businesses
The EU and Japan work together so that the EU-Japan trade agreement also benefits EU and Japanese SMEs.
EU-Japan Trade in your town box
EU-Japan trade in your town
See detailed data on companies exporting from each European town to Japan.
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EU welcomes Japan joining dispute settlement arrangement
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