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Japan-Mexico EPA Entered into force on Apr. 1, 2005

Outline

Japan and Mexico started negotiations in November 2002. Ministers reached a broad agreement in March 2004 as a result of vigorous negotiations for nearly two years. Through necessary legal technical procedures, the leaders of both countries signed the EPA in September 2004. The EPA was ratified in November 2004, and it was brought into force on April 1, 2005. Most exports to Mexico are to receive elimination of the average tariff rate imposed (approximately 16% on the average effective tariff rate basis as of 2001) within 10 years from the date of the enforcement of the EPA. Furthermore, in some fields including the fields of investments, services, and government procurement, the EPA allows Japan's companies to obtain a competitive environment equivalent to that of Western countries. Japan and Mexico started negotiations to review the EPA in April 2009, signed a protocol in September 2011, which was brought into force in April 2012, with the aim of achieving further liberalization. After the entry into force of the EPA, the amount of exports (as of 2011) from Japan to Mexico increased by 1.5 times compared to 2004. While the amount of imports from Mexico to Japan increased by 1.4 times, and in terms of investment, automotive companies have increased production capacity and established sales officials. Since the EPA was brought into force, the Committee for the Improvement of the Business Environment, in which representatives of the private sector participated, has held four meetings. In addition, various committees under the agreement have been held by both governments, and initiatives to reinforce the economic partnership between Japan and Mexico have been implemented under mutual cooperation, including investment seminars, energy seminars, and dispatch of missions.

Agreement and relevant documents

Agreement(English)

Document name PDF
Agreement between JAPAN AND THE UNITED MEXICAN STATES FOR THE STRENGTHENING OF THE ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP English
Annex 1 referred to in Chapter 3 :
Schedules in relation to Article 5
English
Annex 2 referred to in Chapter 3:
Measures of Mexico in relation to Article 7
English
Annex 3 referred to in Chapter 3 :
Geographical Indications for Spirits
English
Annex 4 referred to in Chapter 4 :
Specific Rules of Origin
English
Exchange of Diplomatic Notes for the Modification Annex 4 referred to in Chapter 4 :
(March 2012, entry into force in April 2012)
Japan
Mexico
Annex 5 referred to in Chapter 5 :
Origin Verifications
English
Annex 6 referred to in Chapters 7 and 8:
Reservations for Existing Measures
English
Annex 7 referred to in Chapters 7 and 8 :
Reservations for Future Measures
English
Annex 8 referred to in Chapter 7:
Activities Reserved to the State
English
Annex 9 referred to in Chapter 7:
Exemptions from Most-Favored-Nation Treatment
English
Annex 10 referred to in Chapter 10 :
Categories of Entry and Temporary Stay of Nationals for Business Purposes
English
Annex 11 referred to in Chapter 11 :
Entities
English
Annex 12 referred to in Chapter 11 :
Goods
English
Annex 13 referred to in Chapter 11:
Services
English
Annex 14 referred to in Chapter 11:
Construction Services
English
Annex 15 referred to in Chapter 11:
Thresholds
English
Annex 16 referred to in Chapter 11: General Notes of Mexico English
Annex 17 referred to in Chapter 11:
Publications
English
Annex 18 referred to in Chapter 11:
Procurement Procedures
English
Protocol between Japan and the United Mexican States related to improvement of market access conditions based on paragraph 3 and 5 of article 5
English
PROTOCOL AMENDING THE Agreement between JAPAN AND THE UNITED MEXICAN STATES FOR THE STRENGTHENING OF THE ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP (including Appendix 1&2)
English

Implementing Agreement

Document name PDF
Implementing Agreement between the Government of Japan and the Government of the United Mexican States Pursuant to Article 132 of the Agreement between Japan and the United Mexican States for the Strengthening of the Economic Partnership English

Uniform Regulations

Document name PDF
UNIFORM REGULATIONS (Apr. 2005) English
UNIFORM REGULATIONS (amendment) (Jun. 2006) English
UNIFORM REFULATIONS (amendment) (Mar. 2012, entry into force in Apr. 2012) English
 
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