Vietnam Japan Economic Partnership Agreement

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To help you invest in Vietnam, please contact us at or visit us at As economic cooperation intensifies, Vietnam will continue to be a favorable investment destination among Japanese investors. According to a recent survey of 654 companies in Vietnam by the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), 65.1% of companies reported a profit in 2017, an increase of 2.3% over 2016. The majority of the beneficiary companies participate in the transformation of exports in manufacturing and manufacturing. In addition, 70% of Japanese companies plan to expand their operations in Vietnam, which is relatively higher than that of regional countries such as the Philippines, Indonesia and China. According to Le Trieu Dung, a multilateral trade and industry official, AJEPA would bring most of the benefits to Vietnamese agricultural products. By pledging to eliminate taxes on 83.8% of Vietnam`s agricultural trade within ten years, the agreement contains Japan`s largest commitment for each ASEAN country. In particular, Japan has introduced 24 tariff lines that reflect some of Vietnam`s most important products, including honey, ginger, garlic, fabric, durian, shrimp and crabs. Shrimps, crabs and various types of fish products received a zero per cent tariff immediately after AJEPA came into force. Given that Japan is Vietnam`s largest seafood export market, Vietnam`s commitment is essential to achieving its export growth target. The agreement also imposes zero tariffs on Japan for 23 of Vietnam`s 30 largest agricultural, forestry and seafood exports, either immediately or until the end of the 10-year period. (Dong Nai Economics, 2014) For honey, the current Japanese quota for Vietnam is 100 tons per year, it is increased to 150 tons per year, quota tax with a duty on the surplus of 12.8%, the Durians tax rate is now 0%, Japan will phase out the pepper and maize tax within 5-7 years; The tax rate on coffee and tea will be reduced to 0% over the next 15 years, and for processed fruit, the tax rate will remain at 0%.

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