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The EU is negotiating a trade agreement with Japan.

EU firms already export over €58bn in goods and €28bn in services to Japan every year.

But European firms face trade barriers when exporting to Japan which make it hard for them to compete.

The EU wants a trade agreement with Japan to:

  • remove these barriers
  • help us shape global trade rules in line with our high standards and shared values
  • send a powerful signal that two of the world’s biggest economies reject protectionism.

In 2013 EU governments instructed the European Commission to start negotiations with Japan. On 6 July 2017 the European Union and Japan reached an agreement in principle on the main elements of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement.

The EU is also negotiating a Strategic Partnership Agreement with Japan in parallel.

Meetings and Documents

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

Japan information page

Discover the current trade relations between the EU and Japan

Agreement in principle

Read some of the main chapters in the agreement, as negotiated so far.

Exporters' stories

Get inspired by some of the small EU firms already exporting to Japan.