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Press Releases, 7/6/2017 | Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

Japanese markets opening to Finnish companies

Press release 129/2017   

The EU and Japan reached political consensus on a trade agreement on 6 July 2017. They will continue negotiations on, for example matters related to investments. For the European Union, the agreement is a major achievement because Japan is one of the world’s biggest consumer markets and the EU’s second biggest trading partner in Asia after China.

The deal between the EU and Japan will also facilitate Finnish companies’ export to Japan, because it will lower tariffs on products and remove unnecessary barriers to trade.

”The future agreement is very welcome because it will remove tariffs on for instance forestry products and improve the access of Finnish food exports to the Japanese markets,” says Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Kai Mykkänen.

In the negotiations, attention has been paid to ways of reducing various barriers to trade.

“Japan has already simplified licence and permit procedures related to health technology products, which is a good message to Finnish technology companies,” Mykkänen notes.

Companies will be able to take advantage of the agreement after it has been approved both in the EU and Japan.

For Finland, Japan is the biggest trading partner in Asia after China. Last year, the value of goods exports from Finland to Japan was over EUR one billion while the value of Japanese goods imports totalled EUR 673 million. In 2015, services exports to Japan amounted to about EUR 421 million and imports from Japan to EUR 77 million.

Inquiries: Marja Koskela, Diplomatic Adviser to Minister Mykkänen, tel. +358 40 352 0463 and Marjut Akola, Director, Unit for Market Access, tel. +358 295 351 105

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