Economy The EU-Japan free trade agreement
The Free Trade Agreement between the EU and Japan, which came into force on 1 February 2019, is intended to strengthen economic and political relations between these two important trading areas as well as the EU's general role in Asia.
In addition, the agreement is a strong signal for free trade and against protectionism. The German government supports the EU's goal of helping shape global trade policy with modern and ambitious free trade agreements and implementing high standards globally, particularly in the area of sustainable trade.
The agreement removes a large part of the tariffs and a number of long-standing regulatory barriers. The Japanese market of 127 mill. consumers will open up to important EU agricultural products (e.g. wine, cheese, beef and pork) and increase EU export opportunities in many other sectors.