Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement

Ms Jan Adams, Deputy Secretary, and H.E. Mr Yoshitaka Akimoto, Ambassador of Japan, exchange notes in Canberra on 16 December to mark the completion of domestic processes for JAEPA.

Date set for entry into force

Tariff elimination on trade between Japan and Australia will start on 15 January 2015, the date JAEPA enters into force.

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Japan-Australian Economic Partnership Agreement – a snapshot

The Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) delivers substantial benefits for the Australian economy, making it easier to do business with Japan, our 2nd largest trading partner.

Japan-Australian Economic Partnership Agreement – a snapshot

Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement

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About the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement

The Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) will enter into force on 15 January 2015, following an exchange of notes by Australia and Japan on 16 December 2014, certifying that both Parties have completed their domestic processes.

Conclusion of negotiations on JAEPA was announced in Tokyo on 7 April 2014 by Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Prime Minister Abbott and Prime Minister Abe signed the agreement on 8 July 2014 in Canberra.

The agreement will provide valuable preferential access for Australia's exports and is by far the most liberalising trade agreement Japan has ever concluded.

Australia and Japan are natural partners with highly complementary economies. The Agreement will bring our economies and societies even closer and underpin a strong relationship for many years to come.

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