The Economic Partnership Agreement Between the European Union and Japan: A Comparative Analysis with Focus on the Quality Standards in the Agri-Food Sector

Proceedings of the IX International Agricultural Symposium, AGROSYM 2018

11 Pages Posted: 29 May 2019

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Katja Pietrzyck

International Food Net Center; University of Bonn - Faculty of Agriculture

Annette Rexroth

Independent

Brigitte Petersen

University of Bonn

Date Written: October 10, 2018

Abstract

In 2013, the European Union (EU) initiated negotiations for an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with Japan, one of the largest economies in the world and a key trading partner. After 18 rounds of negotiations, both partners agreed on the principles and implementation of this Free Trade Agreement (FTA) on 6 July 2017. The final EU-Japan agreement is expected to enter into force at the beginning of 2019 and will give both economies a major boost, lowering tariffs and trade barriers as well. Primarily, it will open new markets for agri-food export. Moreover, it is another strong example of the global supply chain matters and the sharing of values and interests. This study outlines the current situation of quality standards used in the EU and Japan. Japan, as well as the EU, have their own regulatory schemes applied to labeling, certification and trade in the agri-food sector. The purpose of this study is to investigate the differences between their standards and gain more insight into their similarities. The research has three major objectives. Firstly, the food safety regulations of the EU and Japan will be discussed more detailed. Secondly, the primary investigation of this paper is to compare those food safety standards and focus on their equivalency issues. Finally, the study insists on the necessity of understanding the importance of the emerging issues from food safety equivalency in relation to trade between the EU and Japan. Thus, the main research question, namely, till what extent are the food safety standards between the EU and Japan equivalent, will be answered and analyzed in this paper.

Keywords: agri-food industry, food safety, quality standards, EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), Free Trade Agreement (FTA)

Suggested Citation

Pietrzyck, Katja and Rexroth, Annette and Petersen, Brigitte, The Economic Partnership Agreement Between the European Union and Japan: A Comparative Analysis with Focus on the Quality Standards in the Agri-Food Sector (October 10, 2018). Proceedings of the IX International Agricultural Symposium, AGROSYM 2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3381799

Katja Pietrzyck (Contact Author)

International Food Net Center ( email )

Katzenburgweg 7-9
Bonn, D-53115
Germany

University of Bonn - Faculty of Agriculture ( email )

D-53113 Bonn
Germany

Annette Rexroth

Independent ( email )

Brigitte Petersen

University of Bonn ( email )

Regina-Pacis-Weg 3
Postfach 2220
Bonn, D-53012
Germany

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