経済連携協定（ＥＰＡ：Economic Partnership Agreement）とは、２以上の国（又は地域）の間で、自由貿易協定（ＦＴＡ：Free Trade Agreement）の要素（物品及びサービス貿易の自由化）に加え、貿易以外の分野、例えば人の移動や投資、政府調達、二国間協力等を含めて締結される包括的な協定をいいます。
This is update information as of 3/19/2019
As many of you know, with the start of the EU-Japan EPA preferential tariffs are applicable. In order to benefit from preferential treatment the rules of origin of the agreement have to be fulfilled. As part of them, origin has to proved. This is done either by a so called “Statement on Origin” issued by the exporter or by the importer based on his/her knowledge.
Despite having used the “Statement on Origin” issued by the exporter many importers have been asked for “additional information” by the importing authorities in Japan, i.e. Japan Customs. While the agreement have provisions for this, it was never thee intention of the EU side that this would be used for every shipment.
So in order to remedy and clarify the situation, Japan Customs has published an announcement saying that the importer does not have to submit “additional information” when it is not available to the importer. Neither can Japan Customs deny preferential treatment despite the importer not submitting the “additional information. Please note that this is only the case when a “Statement on Origin” issued by the exporter is used. When origin is certified based on the knowledge of the importer the
importer does indeed have to be in possession of information that proves origin.
Also be aware that Japan Customs can still ask for verification. This procedure is however defined
by the Rules of Origin in the agreement. The importer can still say that he/she does not have the information. In such cases, Japan cannot unilaterally deny preferential treatment, but may ask the exporting authority to investigate further. Only depending on the outcome of that investigation can Japan deny the preference.
For the information published by Japan Customs please follow the below links.
The announcement, with additional clarifications, is also published on the website of DG TAXUD:
Link to the pdf file:
Link to TAXUD’s website: