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Voices of Support for Japan
EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement Seminar

EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement Seminar


The BJA is inviting you to an in-depth seminar on the EU-Japan EPA and its consequences for Belgian companies, organized by AWEX, BI&E and FIT.

The European Union and Japan signed during the summer an economic partnership, the purpose of which is, among others, to facilitate the bilateral trade and eliminate tariff and non-tariff barriers.
For Belgian exporters, this means that custom duties on a number of export products to Japan will be eliminated; this concerns among others:

• Chemical and pharmaceutical products
• Machines, appliances and electronic products
• Agricultural and food products
• Transportation materials
• Optical and measurement instruments
• Watches and related products

Are you exporting to Japan or are you interested in the Japanese market? Do you want to know more about the opportunities that the EPA will bring to your business and the impact it will have on your exports to Japan?
Then come on the 3rd of October to this exclusive seminar, jointly organized by AWEX, BI&E and FIT, with the support of the Belgium-Japan Association & Chamber of Commerce.


10:00-10:20 Registration
MoC – Mrs. Bénédicte Wilders, CEO of BI&E by
10:25-10:30 Welcome words – Mrs. Claire Tillekaerts, CEO of FIT
10:30-10:50 EPA from the EU’s perspective – Mr. Jean-Luc Demarty, Director General EU DG Trade
10:50-11:10 EPA from Japan’s perspective – HE Mr. Kazuo Kodama, Ambassador of Japan to the EU
11:10-11:30 Technical insights of the EPA – Mr. Marco Chirullo, EU Negotiator
11:30-11:40 What to know about REX registration – Mr. Luc Verhaege, FPS Customs
11:40-11:50 Legal aspects of exporting under the EPA – Mrs. Reiga Shimizu, Head of the Japan Desk at DS Avocats
11:50-12:20 Presentation of the Belgian companies’ expectations on the EPA – AGORIA, ESSENSCIA, FEVIA (TBC)
12:20-12:25 Closing words – Mr. Michel Kempeneers, COO of AWEX
12:25-12:40 Q&A - Mr. Tanguy Van Overstraeten, Partner Linklaters LLP and BJA Vice-President
12:40-14:00 Networking lunch

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03 October 2018, Wednesday 10:00
Permanent Representation of Belgium to the European Union
Rue de la Loi - Wetstraat 61-63
1040 Brussels
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