Japan Simplifies Steps for Lower Tariffs on Farm Exports

Politics

Tokyo, July 30 (Jiji Press)--The trade ministry has begun simplified procedures for issuing certificates of origin for Japanese agricultural exports, making it easier for producers to apply for lower tariffs for goods heading to Japan's partners in economic partnership agreements.

The move is expected to speed up exporting processes for products such as fresh fruits, vegetables and meat.

Among countries that have EPAs with Japan, 16 countries including India and Thailand require third-party certification to prove that goods were produced in Japan and qualify for lower tariff rates.

The new policy allows farmers to substitute production certificates necessary in applying for certificates of origin with contract documents or sales receipts that state the goods' place of origin. It also allows the application procedures waived for reexports.

In addition, producers will be able to apply for certificates ahead of harvesting if the export destination country has already been decided.

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