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ASEAN-Japan EPA Entered into force on Dec. 1, 2008

Outline

Japan and ASEAN countries started negotiations in April 2005 based on the agreement of the leaders of each country in November 2004, and each country completed signing the ASEAN-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership (AJCEP) in turn on April 14, 2008, which was brought into force on December 1, 2008. (As of April 2011, the AJCEP was in force in Japan, Singapore, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Viet Nam, Brunei, Malaysia, ASEAN, Cambodia, and the Philippines.) The AJCEP, which institutionalizes Japan and ASEAN as a single free economic zone with a total population of 740 million and a scale of 8.3 trillion US$ (as of 2012), has had great economic significance in terms of the revitalization of both Japan and ASEAN. In East Asia, ASEAN has been an important region to Japan, and has the closest trade and investment relationship with Japan. ASEAN is also important in terms of the effective use of the assets accumulated as a result of existing investment. Furthermore, the AJCEP contributes to the strengthening of Japan's industrial competitiveness in line with the actual situation of Japan-ASEAN-wide economic activities, where not all problems can be solved under bilateral EPAs between Japan and respective ASEAN countries. For example, in the case of assembling high value-added components manufactured in Japan into final products in the ASEAN region and exporting the products within the region, Japan may not enjoy special preference under the existing framework (i.e., the bilateral EPAs or ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA)). The AJCEP, however, provides the possibility to enjoy the special preference because the accumulation provision in rules of origin is applicable to Japan and the ASEAN region in accordance with the AJCEP.

Agreement and relevant documents

Agreement

Refer to Annex 1 for the schedule of tariff reduction and elimination for each type of product. The schedule of the counterpart country is provided in English only.
Refer to Annex 2 for the rules of origin for each type of product.
Refer to Annex 4 and Annex 5 for the list of foreign investment restrictions.

Document name PDF
Text
Agreement on Comprehensive Economic Partnership among Japan and Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations
English
Annex 1
Schedules for the Elimination or Reduction of Customs Duties
English
Annex 2
Product Specific Rules
English
Annex 3
Information Technology Products
English
Annex 4
Operational Certification Procedures
English
Annex 5
Work Programmes for Economic Cooperation
English

Operational Procedures

Document name PDF
Implementing Regulation English

References

Document name PDF
Examples of Applications of Chapter 3 ( Rules of Origin) English
Explanations for Section XI of Product Specific Rules of Annex 2 of the Agreement (Processes necessary to obtain originating status for Textile and Textile Goods (Chapter 50- 63) English
 
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