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EU-Japan FTA negotiations

Mon, 04 August 2014

Negotiations for a free trade agreement between the EU and Japan have made strong progress since they were launched in March 2013. Talks so far have focused on removing market access barriers and liberalising trade in goods between the EU and Japan in both directions, and the UK Government has been a strong voice in Brussels speaking in support of a comprehensive and ambitious agreement.

When concluded the deal could deliver up to £5bn a year in long-term annual benefits to the UK, however to achieve this deal must adequately address the challenges faced by UK businesses trading with Japan.

Now is an excellent time for UK businesses to update us on their priorities for these negotiations as talks enter into the substance of the difficult issues. Key issues for the upcoming rounds of talks will be services, investment, and government procurement where offers will be exchanged and discussed. We would also be interested in details of any barriers to trading with Japan as discussions on priority trade barriers will take place at the next round.

Industry input is vital for us to successfully represent UK interests in the negotiations in Brussels, and we would be grateful for any input from you and /or your members in the context of the above.

Any information received by 11 September will be gratefully received. Please contact stephen.booth@bis.gsi.gov.uk (020 7215 1747) with any input or questions.

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