Policy Priorities
International Trade

News |

Brexit revives EU-Japan trade talks

EU diplomats have hinted that the 17th round of talks on the EU-Japan trade agreement which concluded on 30 September could break the current deadlock. Officials are reporting that the deal, which was effectively dormant, is now revived. Japan has also sent a top level civil servant for this round.

The head of the European Parliament’s group on relations with Japan, MEP Petr Ježek, said: “If Britain keeps access to the single market, an option that seems unlikely at this point, Japanese companies won’t have to worry, but if the U.K. goes for the World Trade Organization option, Japanese companies will face a problem.”

The UK has long served as an export platform to the rest of the single market for Japan’s manufacturers, receiving about a third of total FDI of that country towards the EU. High tariffs associated with the single market, on cars especially, could deliver a serious blow to Japanese firms in the UK. The EU is therefore revamping a tariff offer to Japan which would, as part of the FTA, completely phase out tariffs on cars exported by Japan.

Go back


Related

Joint-Industry Statement on COVID-19

| EBCA and global industry collation make joint appeal to governments and supply chain partners to overcome the health and economic crisis in these unprecedented times. Read our letter.

Request for relief measures due to COVID-19 crisis

| EBCA asks EU Commissioners and Ministers to consider relief measures to help alleviate negative impact of COVID-19 on the industry

Statement on European Commission’s Cambodia decision

| EBCA react to the European Commission’s decision to partially withdraw Cambodia’s preferential trade status

EURATEX, EBCA & AAFA Joint-Statement

| EURATEX, EBCA and AAFA are opposed to the imposition of additional tariffs on Travel Goods,Travel Goods, Textiles, & Clothing products in both the EU and US

Become a Member
If you would like to know more about EBCA’s unique services or inquire about membership, please contact our secretariat.