Discussion Papers

No.335 The Japan-Peru FTA: Antecedents, Significance and Main Features

by Fernando Gonzalez-Vigil and SHIMIZU Tatsuya

March 2012


The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between Japan and Peru came into effect on March 1, 2012. This paper provides background information about this agreement’s significance, mostly from a Peruvian point of view. It focuses on the following subjects: the statistical trends showing Peru’s declining shares in Japan’s trade and investment flows with Latin American countries between the mid-1970s and mid-2000s, the main explanatory factors of such a deterioration in Peru’s economic position over that period, the changes of trade policy strategy in both countries since the 2000s, and the EPA negotiation process and some of its key results as featured in the text of the agreement.

Keywords: Peru, Japan, Free Trade Agreement
JEL classification: F13, F14, P45

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