October 16, 2011

Japanese customers see high tariffs on foreign foods as agriculture items begin debate in TPP

“ The biggest tariff by far--1,706 percent--is imposed on konnyaku root, followed by the 1,086 percent set for peas. Rice imports face a 778 percent tariff…According to World Trade Organization data, Japan's customs duties average 22.2 percent, much higher than the United States' 5.2 percent and the EU's 13.5 percent.”

Source: Tariff rates of over 1,000% set on some farm imports
Yoshihisa Mizukami
Yomiuri Shimbun
Dec. 2, 2010

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