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Japan - Singapore Economic Agreement for a New-Age Partnership

Area of Cooperation

Goods, Services, Government Procurement, Investment, Competition Policy, Intellectual Property, Dispute Settlement, Trade Facilitation, Labor and Environmental Standards

Sign Date

January 1, 2002

In Force Date

January 1, 2002


The JSEPA strives for better market access as well as national treatment conditions. The Japan Singapore agreement is the model agreement for Japan as it was its first EPA. Not only does it cover tariff reduction, JESPA synchronizes customs procedures and addresses the movement of people.


                                                               i.      Bilateral

Rules of Origin

                                                               i.      Change in tariff classification necessary

                                                             ii.      Value Added: Minimum 60%

                                                            iii.      No specific process necessary


                                                               i.         Anti - Dumping: n.a.

                                                             ii.         Countervailing Duties : Following the WTO Agreement on  Safeguards

                                                            iii.         Safeguards : Following the WTO Agreement on Safeguards


                                                               i.      “Impacts of Japanese FTAs/EPAs: Post Evaluation from the Initial Data”                    http://www.rieti.go.jp/jp/publications/dp/07e041.pdf

                                                             ii.      “New Issues in FTAs” The Case of Economic Partnership Agreements between Japan and ASEAN Countries”  http://www.ide.go.jp/English/Publish/Apec/pdf/apec15_wp8.pdf

                                                            iii.       “The Japan-Singapore Economic Agreement for a New Age Partnership Benefits Both Countries”       http://links.smu.edu.sg/works/modules/IE/G1%20-%20The%20Japan-Singapore%20Economic%20Agreement%20for%20a%20New%20Age%20Partnership%20Benefits%20Both%20Countries.pdf

                                                           iv.      “Dynamic Effects of the “New Age” Free Trade Agreement between Japan and Singaporehttps://www.gtap.agecon.purdue.edu/resources/res_display.asp?RecordID=823

                                                             v.      “PM Lee to sign update to S’pore-Japan FTA”       http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/264629/1/.html

Additional Links

                                                               i.      http://www.mofa.go.jp/region/asia-paci/singapore/econo_b.html

                                                             ii.      http://www.mofa.go.jp/region/asia-paci/singapore/jsepa0701.pdf

                                                            iii.      http://www.iesingapore.gov.sg/wps/portal/!ut/p/kcxml/04_Sj9SPykssy0xPLMnMz0vM0Y_QjzKLN4g3C_UHSYGY5oFm-pFoYo4YImah3phiIWEIMV-P_NxU_SB9b_0A_YLc0NDQiHJHAK3BmkI!/delta/base64xml/L3dJdyEvd0ZNQUFzQUMvNElVRS82XzBfNlVS