Wednesday, 28 October 2020

An Introduction to and Overview of the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement with Japan

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On 23 Oct 2020, the Secretary of State for International Trade signed an Agreement between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Japan for a Comprehensive Economic Partnership in Tokyo.  The body of the agreement is 406 pages long divided into 24 chapters together with 3 volumes of annexes which can be accessed from UK/Japan: Agreement for a Comprehensive Economic Partnership [CS Japan No.1/2020].

The structure of that agreement is very similar to the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement:

EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement

UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement

Chapter 1    General provisions

Chapter 1   General provisions

Chapter 2    Trade in goods

Chapter 2 Trade In goods 

Chapter 3    Rules of origin and origin procedures

Chapter 3 Rules of origin and origin procedures 

Chapter 4    Customs matters and trade facilitation

Chapter 4 Customs matters and trade facilitation

Chapter 5    Trade remedies

Chapter 5 Trade remedies

Chapter 6    Sanitary and phytosanitary measures

Chapter 6 Sanitary and phytosanitary measures

Chapter 7    Technical barriers to trade

Chapter 7 Technical barriers to trade

Chapter 8    Trade in services, investment liberalisation and electronic commerce

Chapter 8 Trade in services, investment liberalisation and electronic commerce 

Chapter 9    Capital movements, payments and transfers and temporary safeguard measures

Chapter 9 Capital movements, payments and transfers and temporary safeguard measures 

Chapter 10  Government procurement

Chapter 10 Government procurement

Chapter 11  Competition policy

Chapter 11 Competition policy

Chapter 12  Subsidies

Chapter 12 Subsidies

Chapter 13  State-owned enterprises, enterprises granted special rights or privileges and designated monopolies

Chapter 13 State-owned enterprises, enterprises granted special rights or privileges and designated monopolies 

Chapter 14  Intellectual property

Chapter 14 Intellectual property

Chapter 15  Corporate governance

Chapter 15 Corporate governance 

Chapter 16  Trade and sustainable development

Chapter 16 Trade and sustainable development

Chapter 17  Transparency

Chapter 17 Transparency

Chapter 18  Good regulatory practices and regulatory cooperation

Chapter 18 Good regulatory practices and regulatory cooperation 

Chapter 19  Cooperation in the field of agriculture

Chapter 19 Cooperation in the field of agriculture

Chapter 20  Small and medium-sized enterprises

Chapter 20 Small and medium-sized enterprises

Chapter 21  Dispute settlement

Chapter 21 Trade and women's economic empowerment 

Chapter 22  Institutional provisions

Chapter 22 Dispute settlement

Chapter 23  Final provisions

Chapter 23 Institutional provisions 


Chapter 24 Final provisions


The only difference in structure appears to be the insertion of a chapter on  "Trade and women's economic empowerment" in the UK's agreement with Japan.  The only chapters of either agreement that I have read in full are Chapters 14 of the EU and British agreements which cover intellectual property.  I shall write a separate article on the IP provisions of the UK-Japan agreement shortly.   

According to the British government, the UK-Japan agreement is not an exact copy of the EU-Japan agreement,  There are said to be some provisions in the UK-Japan agreement that have been tailored to British needs.  These may have been identified in the Final Impact Assessment of the Agreement between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and NorthernIreland and Japan for a Comprehensive Economic Partnership and The UK–Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Benefits for the UK.   For an independent view of the agreement from an international trade policy consultant and fellow of the UK Trade Policy Observatorysee Minako Morita-Jaeger  UK-Japan trade deal will provide political cover - but only a limited trade boost of 27 Oct 2020 on the politics.co.uk website.

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