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  jata  Malaysia's Free Trade Agreements
Malaysia - Japan


  • Malaysia and Japan established the Malaysia-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (MJEPA) on 13 December 2005.

  • MJEPA is Malaysia's first comprehensive Agreement and came into force on 13 July 2006

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


  • In 2016:

    • Malaysia was Japan’s 10th largest trading partner.

    • Total trade with Japan contracted by 4.8% to RM120.26 billion (US$28.98 billion) from RM126.27 billion (US$32.46 billion) in 2015.

    • Exports to Japan decreased by 12.9% to reach RM63.28 billion (US$15.23 billion).

    • Imports increased by 6.3% to RM56.98 billion (US$13.75 billion).

  • Major exports to Japan in 2016:

    • LNG

    • Electrical and Electronic Products

    • Chemicals & Chemical Products

    • Wood Products

    • Optical & Scientific Equipment

  • Major imports from Japan in 2016:

    • Electrical and Electronic Products

    • Machinery, equipment & parts

    • Transport Equipment

    • Chemicals & Chemical Products

    • Manufactures of Metal


Areas covered under MJEPA include:

  1. Trade in industrial and agricultural goods

  2. Trade in services

  3. Investment

  4. Rules of origin

  5. Customs procedures

  6. Standards and conformance

  7. Intellectual property

  8. Competition policy

  9. Enhancement of business environment

  10. Safeguard measures

  11. Dispute settlement


  • 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.

  • 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  


Exporting to Japan

Importing from Japan


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

  1. Mr. Mohamad Naim Othman
    DL : 03-6208 4770
    Email : naim.othman@miti.gov.my

  2. Ms. Nur Afiqah Md Nasir
    DL : 03-6208 4718
    Email : afiqahnasir@miti.gov.my

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

  1. Ms. Erin Tang Pui Kee
    DL: 03 - 6200 0424
    Email : erintangpk@miti.gov.my