Japan plans to eliminate import tariffs on EU wines

Japan is negotiating with the EU to scrap tariffs on imported wines produced in EU countries as the two parties enter the final stages of negotiations that first started in 2013.

According to a report by Japan News, Japan will gradually lower the current 15% tariff on EU wines to zero about eight years after the finalisation of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).

The move came at a time when Chile and Australia, the two countries that have forged EPAs with Japan, have surged ahead in wine exports to Japan after the reduction of tariffs. Chile, for instance, has become Japan’s top wine importer in terms of volume in 2015, surpassing France for the first time. The South American country signed an EPA with Japan in 2007, and tariffs on its wines has been cut back to the current 2.3%.

For Australian wines, the current tariff stands at 7.5% since the two countries’ EPA came into effect in 2015.

Japan, currently the world’s fifth largest wine importing country, imported 25.9 million litres of wines in 2016, according to figures released by Vinexpo and IWSR.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please note that comments are subject to our posting guidelines in accordance with the Defamation Act 2013. Posts containing swear words, discrimination, offensive language and libellous or defamatory comments will not be approved.

Subscribe to our newsletters

Events Sales Executive

The Drinks Business
Central London, UK

Sale & Operations Manager

Marussia Beverages
Marylebone, London, UK

Prestige Account Manager – Europe

Jackson Family Wines
London, UK

Sales Executive

MAISON SASSY
London, GB

Head of Supplier Management - Group

Matthew Clark
London and Bristol, UK

Brand Manager – Whisky

ATOM Brands
Tunbridge Wells, UK

Brand Manager - Gin

ATOM Brands
Tunbridge Wells, UK

International Business Development Assistant

iDealwine
Paris, France with frequent trips to London office

Events Assistant

Speciality Drinks
London, UK

Pink Rosé Festival

Cannes,France
7th Feb 2018

VinoVision Paris

Paris,France
12th Feb 2018

Vinisud

Montpellier,France
18th Feb 2018
Click to view more

Champagne Masters 2017

The only Champagne blind tasting in the UK, the competition will reward the best wines in the following categories:

The Global Rosé Masters 2017

With wines from the palest of pink to almost ruby red, bone dry to almost cloyingly sweet, reductively handled to barrel-aged, as well as gently spritzy to fully sparkling.

Click to view more