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

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

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

The trade agreement with Japan :

  • removes these barriers
  • helps us shape global trade rules in line with our high standards and shared values
  • sends 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 8 December 2017, the negotiations were finalised. The European Parliament gave its consent in December 2018, clearing the way for the trade agreement's conclusion and entry into force.

As of 1 February, a large part of another agreement – the Strategic Partnership Agreement between the European Union and Japan – also applies on a provisional basis.

EU-Japan trade in your town

Learn about each EU country's exports to Japan.

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


Read some of the main chapters in the agreement.

Export info for small EU businesses

Small Japanese businesses can also find info on exporting to the EU

Exporters' stories

Get inspired by some of the small EU firms exporting to Japan. (Other languages available Other languages available)