The European Union - Japan FTA Negotiations. Access Barriers for European Business to the Japanese Market

Grzegorz Mazur


In 2013 the European Union and Japan launched negotiations on a new trade and economic agreement, of which the strategic aim is to create a free trade area between the parties (EU-Japan FTA). The new comprehensive agreement should include a broad spectrum of economic issues not only traditionally relating to tariffs, trade in goods and services, but also more broadly to non-tariff barriers and trade procedures, FDI, IPR, competition policy, public procurement, etc. For the EU the negotiations and agreement are an opportunity to improve openness of the Japanese market for European exporters and investors and to abandon many non-tariff barriers that have a burdensome effects on trade and investments. The general objective of the paper is to identify main barriers/challenges for European enterprises in access to the Japanese market for European goods, services and investments. The conducted analysis brings the following general conclusion: the existing barriers are mostly non-tariff barriers (there are relatively low tariffs for goods imported to Japan from the EU), which are both the biggest challenge for EU negotiators in improving access to the Japanese market and one of the main stumbling blocks slowing down the progress of the whole EU-Japan FTA negotiations.
Author Grzegorz Mazur (WGM / KE)
Grzegorz Mazur,,
- Department of European Studies
Journal seriesReview of Integrative Business and Economics Research, ISSN 2304-1013, e-ISSN 2304-1269, (0 pkt)
Issue year2016
Publication size in sheets1.6
Keywords in EnglishEuropean Union, Japan, FTA negotiations, non-tariff barriers
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)5
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ScoreMinisterial score = 0.0, 13-12-2019, ArticleFromJournal
Ministerial score (2013-2016) = 5.0, 13-12-2019, ArticleFromJournal
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