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Japan | Brussels, 8 December 2017. Last updated on 16 February 2021.

EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement: texts of the agreement

Disclaimer The negotiations between the EU and Japan on the Economic Partnership Agreement (the EPA) have been finalised and the legal revision of the texts has been completed. In view of the Commission’s transparency policy, we are hereby publishing the texts of the EPA as they stand after the legal revision. The texts are published for information purposes only and may undergo further modifications.

The texts will be binding upon the Parties under international law only after completion by each Party of its internal legal procedures necessary for the entry into force of the Agreement.

Full agreement (body text) Also available in German and French

The agreement text chapter-by-chapter

Chapter 1    General provisions
Chapter 2    Trade in goods
Chapter 3    Rules of origin and origin procedures
Chapter 4    Customs matters and trade facilitation
Chapter 5    Trade remedies
Chapter 6    Sanitary and phytosanitary measures
Chapter 7    Technical barriers to trade
Chapter 8    Trade in services, investment liberalisation and electronic commerce
Chapter 9    Capital movements, payments and transfers and temporary safeguard measures
Chapter 10  Government procurement
Chapter 11  Competition policy
Chapter 12  Subsidies
Chapter 13  State-owned enterprises, enterprises granted special rights or privileges and designated monopolies
Chapter 14  Intellectual property
Chapter 15  Corporate governance
Chapter 16  Trade and sustainable development
Chapter 17  Transparency
Chapter 18  Good regulatory practices and regulatory cooperation
Chapter 19  Cooperation in the field of agriculture
Chapter 20  Small and medium-sized enterprises
Chapter 21  Dispute settlement
Chapter 22  Institutional provisions
Chapter 23  Final provisions

Annexes (only the existing Annexes are listed):

Annex 2-A Tariff elimination and reduction

Part 1  General notes
Part 2  Tariff elimination and reduction – the European Union (includes the European Schedule)
Part 3  Tariff elimination and reduction - Japan (Notes for the Schedule of Japan)
(NB: This part contains in particular the description of the 25 TRQs (tariff rate quotas) conceded by Japan to the EU on agricultural and processed agricultural products.)
Part 4  Japanese schedule

(NB: All tariff lines not specifically mentioned in the EU and in the Japanese schedules will be duty-free at the entry into force of the agreement)

Annex 2-B to E

Annex 3

Annex 6 Food additives

Annex 8

Annex 10  Government procurement

Annex 14

Annex 23  Joint declaration

IMPORTANT: Appendices 2-C-1 and 2-C-2 of the Agreement, as well as Annexes 14-A and 14-B, have been amended by means of Decisions 1/2021 and 2/2021 of the EU-Japan EPA Joint Committee. The amendments can be found in the relevant issue of the EU Official Journal.

Agreement in Principle

The agreement in principle – shared with the EU’s Member States and the European Parliament in July of 2017 when a political agreement was reached, this document sets out what is in the agreement.