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Given the importance of trade between the EU and Japan, it is vital that their customs authorities work together to facilitate legitimate trade flows and increase the efficiency of controls. On 30 January 2008, the then European Community and the Government of Japan signed an Agreement on Cooperation and Mutual Administrative Assistance in Customs Matters (CCMAA) See on pages 23-24. The CCMAA, which entered into force on 1 February 2008, provides a legal framework to promote security of the supply chain and facilitate trade for reliable traders. It also aims to improve the fight against fraud and to enhance cooperation on the protection of intellectual property rights (IPR). To oversee implementation of the CCMAA, a Joint Customs Cooperation Committee (JCCC) meets once a year. These meetings bring together customs representatives and experts from both the EU and Japan to discuss practical ways of working together to best implement the agreement.

Latest news:

6th EU-Japan Joint Customs Cooperation Committee (JCCC)
Tokyo, 24th January 2014  (press release)pdf(85 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

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The 6th Japan-EU Joint Customs Cooperation Committee (JCCC) was co-chaired by Mr. Heinz Zourek, Director General of Taxation and Customs Union at the European Commission and Mr. Yutaka Miyauchi, the Director General of the Customs and Tariff Bureau from the Ministry of Finance of Japan.

Japan and the European Union (EU) discussed Customs matters extensively and exchanged views on the development of bilateral Customs cooperation. In particular, the solid implementation of mutual recognition of Authorised Economic Operators (AEO) and automating the information exchange on AEO between Japan and the EU and agreeing how to better tailor supply chain security measures to provide more facilitation to the secure and legitimate trade. They will also explore possible collaboration in the area of risk management. Finally, both sides welcomed the adoption of the Ministerial Decision on the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation at the 9th Ministerial Conference in Bali, Indonesia in December 2013.

Mutual recognition of authorised economic operators

Following the signature of the decision on the mutual recognition of AEOs between the EU and Japan on 24 June 2010 (Signature of the mutual recognition of AEOspdf Choose translations of the previous link  ), the implementation of the mutual recognition of authorised economic operators (AEOs) started on 24 May 2011. Since then, both EU and Japanese AEOs have enjoyed trade facilitation benefits in the partner countries (see AEO communiquépdf Choose translations of the previous link  ). This was preceded by the adoption of the 'specific adequacy decisionpdf Choose translations of the previous link  ' by the European Commission on Japanese data protection on 29 March 2011,  which made the data exchange possible.


Previous developments:

5th EU-Japan Joint Customs Cooperation Committee (JCCC)pdf(173 kB) Choose translations of the previous link   - See also the press releasepdf(86 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
4th EU-Japan Joint Customs Cooperation Committee (JCCC)pdf(40 kB) Choose translations of the previous link   
Signature of the mutual recognition of AEOs, 2010 pdf(149 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
3rd EC-Japan Joint Customs Cooperation Committee (JCCC), 2010 pdf(12 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
2nd EC-Japan Joint Customs Cooperation Committee (JCCC), 2009pdf(112 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
1st EC-Japan Joint Customs Cooperation Committee (JCCC), 2008pdf(38 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 


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World Customs Organisation
Japan Customs
Taxation and Customs Union Directorate-General — Security cooperation with third countries
EEAS — Japan