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USTR report cites Japan’s “high” tariffs on rice, dairy products

  • April 1, 2022
  • , Kyodo News , 9:25 a.m.
  • JMH Translation

WASHINGTON — The United States will continue to urge Japan to remove “a broad range” of trade barriers, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said Thursday, citing “high” tariffs on items including rice and certain dairy products.


While noting that a bilateral trade agreement that entered into force in 2020 removed or reduced tariffs on approximately 90 percent of U.S. agricultural exports, the USTR said “there are several important products for which tariffs remain high and limit U.S. market access.”


Fruit juices, pet food, table grapes, frozen blueberries, sugar, chocolate and sweetened cocoa powder are also among such products, the USTR said in an annual report on foreign trade barriers.


Japan is the fourth largest single-country market for U.S. agricultural products, with U.S. exports valued at approximately $14.3 billion in 2021.


The report also said Japan generally provides strong intellectual property protection and enforcement, although “a number of concerns remain.”


Japan last year amended its laws to crack down on the importation of counterfeit items from overseas vendors under the pretense they are for personal use. The USTR said it will “monitor implementation and enforcement of the amendment to determine whether it provides a comprehensive solution to the increase in the import of counterfeit goods into Japan.”

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