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Japan-Australia EPA Entered into force on Jan. 15, 2015

Outline

Statement by Minister Motegi on the Signing of the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement

July 8th, 2014

  1. Following seven years of negotiations, Japan and Australia have come to the signing of the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement today.
  2. Having personally held intensive talks with Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb over the last six months and despite sensitive issues for both parties making negotiations extremely challenging, I firmly believe we have achieved positive results which will be of mutual benefit for both countries.
  3. With the entry of this EPA into force, the percentage of tariff-free goods of total export value to Australia will increase from the current under 30% to more than 80%. Moreover, the tariffs on most of the remaining goods will be eliminated during the following eight years.
  4. Specifically, in the automotive sector, which accounts for approximately half of all exports, of which the tariff rate is currently 5%, tariffs on approximately 75% of exported whole vehicles will be abolished immediately. Tariffs on the remaining exported whole vehicles will be abolished in the third year, and a massive improvement in market access will be realized.
  5. Along with elimination of tariffs, high-level agreements in a broad range of fields were achieved, including the stable supply of resources and energy including natural gas and coal, the liberalization of investment and trade in services, the improvement of rules for electronic commerce and government procurement, and the protection of intellectual property rights.
  6. Japan and Australia share a close and critical economic relationship, and this EPA is a valuable framework for strengthening future trade and investment between our two nations. In order to achieve the entry into force of this EPA at the earliest possible date, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will make utmost efforts to obtain the approval of the Diet.

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.

Document name PDF
Text
Agreement between Japan and Australia for an Economic Partnership
English
Annex 1
Schedules in Relation to Article 2.4 (Elimination or Reduction of Customs Duties)
English
Annex 2
Product Specific Rules
English
Annex 3
Data Elements for Documentary Evidence of Origin
English
Annex 4
List of Essential Food
English
Annex 5
List of Energy and Mineral Resource Goods
English
Annex 6
Non-conforming Measures Relating to Paragraph 1 of Articles 9.7 and 14.10
English
Annex 7
Non-conforming Measures Relating to Paragraph 2 of Articles 9.7 and 14.10
English
Annex 8
Recognition of Qualifications of Service Suppliers
English
Annex 9
Financial Services
English
Annex 10
Specific Commitments on the Movement of Natural Persons
English
Annex 11
Subsidies
English
Annex 12
Expropriation
English
Annex 13
Government Procurement
English

Implementing Agreement

Document name PDF
Implementing Agreement between the Government of Japan and the Government of Australia Pursuant to Article 1.12 of the Agreement between Japan Australia for an Economic Partnership English
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