On October 7, 2019, USTR Robert Lighthizer and Japan`s Ambassador to the United States Shinsuke J. Sugiyama signed the U.S.-Japan trade agreement and the U.S.-Japan Digital Trade Agreement. Following national procedures, both agreements came into force on 1 January 2020. As announced in the joint statement of the United States and Japan of September 25, 2019, the United States and Japan intend to conclude consultations within four months of the U.S.-Japan trade agreement coming into force and then to open negotiations on tariffs and other trade restrictions, trade barriers and investment, and other issues, to promote mutually beneficial, fair and reciprocal trade for both parties. This agreement provides for the limited application of safeguard measures allowing temporary increases in tariffs when imports exceed a predetermined triggering measure. Japan will have protective measures for beef, pork, whey, oranges and racehorses. The following tables contain up-to-date information on security control levels and trading volumes applicable for current and past Japanese exercises (JFY). Under President Trump`s leadership, the United States and Japan agreed on early outcomes of negotiations on market access for certain agricultural and industrial products, as well as digital trade. The United States looks forward to continuing negotiations with Japan for a comprehensive agreement that would address the remaining tariff and non-tariff barriers and ensure fairer and more balanced trade. 4. www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/joint-statement-united-states-japan/. Among the main outcomes of this agreement are rules that: 8. ustr.gov/about-us/policy-offices/press-office/fact-sheets/2019/september/fact-sheet-agriculture%E2%80%90related#.
On September 26, 2018, President Trump and Prime Minister Abe announced that the United States and Japan would begin negotiations for a trade agreement between the United States and Japan. On October 16, 2018, the USTR formally informed Congress that the Trump administration intends to begin negotiations after the necessary internal procedures. Thus began a 90-day consultation period under the Trade Promotion Authority, mandated by Congress, before negotiations began. Public notices on the negotiating objectives of a trade agreement were expected on 26 November 2018 and detailed negotiating targets were published on 21 December 2018. Negotiations began in April 2019. U.S. President Donald Trump signed a proclamation on December 26, 2019, in which he implemented two separate trade agreements with Japan (together the agreements) 1.