EU-Japan preferential origin

The EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) is a trade agreement between the European Union (EU) and Japan. Under this agreement duty rates on traded goods can be reduced or eliminated. 

To avail of EPA preferences exporters of consignments of goods with a value greater than €6,000 to Japan must register in the Registered Exporters System (REX). To register you should complete the REX application form and send it to the Origin and Valuation Unit. EU exporters must use their REX number on the ‘statement on origin’ to claim the preference on entry to Japan. 

If you import goods (of Japanese origin) from Japan you can claim for preferential treatment. To make this claim your invoice or other commercial document must contain a ‘statement on origin’ made out by a Japanese exporter.

Alternatively, you may claim for preferential treatment based on ‘importer’s knowledge’. The importer must have information in the form of supporting documents or records provided by the exporter or manufacturer in his possession. If you are importing from Japan, you do not have to register in REX to qualify for preferential duty rates. 

The European Commission provides guidance on the EU-Japan EPA on their website and at the EU Trade Helpdesk.