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European Union • Japan
Agreement for Footwear and Leather Goods: The trade deal explained

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The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the European Union (EU) and Japan entered into force on the 1st of February 2019. Since then, businesses and consumers across Europe and Japan are able to take advantage of the largest open trade zone in the world.


This deal is ambitious as it:
• removes trade barriers and make it easier for EU firms to sell goods and services to Japan and vice versa;
• helps the EU and Japan shape global trade rules in line with international standards and practices;
• sends a powerful signal rejecting protectionism.
With the entry into force of the agreement the custom duty applied in Japan to leather shoes from the EU will reach 0% in a phased manner (it will be 0% in 2029)

The EPA also includes a schedule for tariffs reduction / elimination for each product. On this webinar we will cover the main aspects of the deal including the Rules of Origin (which will determine the tariff reduction or elimination), the REX system and the Corporate Number and the Statement on Origin. We will also demonstrate how companies can take advantage of the trade deal and will explain the logistics of importing goods into Japan.

The webinar video


Watch the recording of the webinar with presentations delivered by experts from the Japan Federation of Shoe-Wholesalers, the World Footwear and Gondrand Japan Co.,Ltd. (freight forward company). If you are not registered yet, you can log in with a social network or create an account to assess all the content free of charge.

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Speakers

Joana Vaz Teixeira

International Relations, APICCAPS & World Footwear

With 15 years of working experience in Business Intelligence, across several industries, such as Consultancy, Banking and Footwear. Since 2014 has dedicated herself to the development of the World Footwear project at APICCAPS, the Portuguese Footwear Association, which includes a Yearbook and a news platform dedicated to the day to day activities of the international footwear industry.

Takahiro Noguchi

Vice Chairman, Japan Federation of Shoe-Wholesalers Organizations / Director, Osaka Shoe-Wholesalers Corporative

C.O.O. of Noguchihiko Co.,Ltd. established in 1939 and we have traded with shoes companies from Portugal, Spain, Italy and other European countries, Asian countries and have a business with Japanese producers as well in order to sell at shoes retailers and at our 5 own shops in Japan and by EC.

Yuya Tanaka

Managing Director, Gondrand Japan Co.,Ltd.

The company established in June 1, 1985 . I have been working in the freight forwarding industry for 27 years. One of our share holders of the company is based in ITALY. We handle any kind of items but I had many chances to visit trade show in ITALY so far to focus on fashion items such as shoes, leather items, apparels.

Moderated by

Tomoko Oya

Shoes Journalist

After 15 years of experience at a shoe industry magazine, launched a shoe culture magazine calling “Shoephile” with the aim of enhancing shoe culture in Japan. Covered many trade fairs such as MICAM, and European shoe manufacturers, designers. Currently, write articles for specialized media related to shoes, and gives lectures to shoe business persons.





Presentations

Below you can access the presentations of the experts presented during the webinar.

You will also find a Questions & Answers document with the main topics raised during the event, namely regarding Rules of Origin, Statement on Origin, REX numbers, amongst other themes.

EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement - A guide for Footwear companies
Joana Vaz Teixeira, International Relations, APICCAPS & World Footwear
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How to take advantage of the trade deal?
Takahiro Noguchi, Vice Chairman, Japan Federation of Shoe-Wholesalers Organizations / Director, Osaka Shoe-Wholesalers Corporative
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The logistics of importing goods into Japan
Yuya Tanaka, Managing Director, Gondrand Japan Co.,Ltd.

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Practical Guidebook


You can also access and read the Practical Guidebook prepared for the Footwear and Leather Goods Industry and presented during the webinar






Programme

8:00 am EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement
A guide for Footwear companies

Joana Vaz Teixeira, International Relations, APICCAPS & World Footwear
8:15 am How to take advantage of the trade deal?
Takahiro Noguchi, Vice Chairman, Japan Federation of Shoe-Wholesalers Organizations / Director, Osaka Shoe-Wholesalers Corporative
8:30 am The logistics of importing goods into Japan
Yuya Tanaka, Managing Director, Gondrand Japan Co.,Ltd.
8:45 am Q&A Session
Moderated by Tomoko Oya

Shoes Journalist

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