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Malaysia - Japan


  • Malaysia and Japan established the Malaysia-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (MJEPA) on 13 December 2005. MJEPA came into force on 13 July 2006 .

  • MJEPA is Malaysia's first comprehensive Agreement covering: trade in industrial and agricultural goods, trade in services, investment, rules of origin, customs procedures, standards and conformance, intellectual property, competition policy, enhancement of business environment, safeguard measures and dispute settlement.

  • The main text of the Agreement can be reviewed via this link MJEPA Agreement . This should be read together with the Implementing Agreement .


  • Under MJEPA both Malaysia and Japan will progressively reduce or eliminate tariffs on their respective industrial and agricultural products. Commitments by the countries are reflected in their Schedule of Commitments. General Notes of Tariff Reduction and Elimination.

  • If you are exporting to Japan, please click this link:

Japan - Schedule of Tariff Commitments which should be read together with the following document: Notes for Japan's Schedule of Commitments .

  • If you are importing from Japan, please click this link :

Malaysia - Schedule of Tariff Commitments which should be read together with the following document: Notes for Malaysia's Schedule of Commitments .

  • How does your product enjoy the Preferential Duties

    • In order for your product to enjoy the preferential duties, it must fulfill the Rules of Origin criteria under MJEPA which is a Qualifying Value Content of 40% or Change in Tariff Classification.

    • Interested parties can view Products under the Product Specific Rules  



  • MJEPA is a comprehensive agreement and it covers liberalization of Trade in Services as well. Japan will accord to Malaysia same treatment as that given to other FTA partners. Sectors of interest to Malaysia include business and professional services, education services, Communication services, Tourism and Travel related services and Health related and Social services.

  • For Malaysian service providers

Japan's Schedules of Specific Services Commitments

  • For Japanese service providers

Malaysia's Schedules of Specific Services Commitments


  • MJEPA provides a framework for expansion & facilitation of freer cross-border investment between the two countries, through commitments on:

    • national treatment;

    • MFN treatment;

    • Enhanced protection of investors & investment.

  • However, MJEPA excludes investment in Services.

  • This section should be read together with Annex 4 (Reservation for Existing and Future Investment Measures) .


  • Malaysia and Japan have agreed to undertake cooperation in several areas such as in:

    • the development of the automotive industry in Malaysia i.e. Malaysia-Japan Automotive Industry Cooperation (MAJAICO);

    • Agriculture;

    • ICT;

    • Education and HRD;

    • Science and Technology;

    • SMEs;

    • Tourism; and

    • Environment.


For Preferential Certificate of Origin / Rules of Origin related matters, please contact:

  1. Ms. Suhaili Ismail
    DL: 03 - 6208 4717
    Email: suhaili.ismail@miti.gov.my / allofficerskpi@miti.gov.my
    Division: Trade and Industry Support

  1. Ms. Shazila Sharudin
    DL: 03 - 6208 4727
    Email: shazila@miti.gov.my / allofficerskpi@miti.gov.my
    Division: Trade and Industry Support


For other enquiries, please contact the FTA focal point(s) as follows:

  1. Mr. Lim Chee Hau
    DL: 03 - 6200 0448
    Email: limcheehau@miti.gov.my

  2. Ms. Isnawati Basri
    DL: 03 - 6200 0458
    Email: isnawati@miti.gov.my

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