Preferential Market Access- Japan GSP

Japan provides for DFQF market access for imports from LDCs under its GSP scheme. The first Japanese GSP scheme came into place in 1971, whereas the latest renewal dates 1 April 2011.

Most remaining exceptions have been phased out since 2006. Currently, 8874 of the 9038 tariff lines are DFQF, corresponding to 98.2 per cent.




Utilization by LDCs:

As of 2011, 48 LDCs benefit from scheme. In 2017, Japan’s imports from LDCs were US$ 5,232 million. Imports were duty free under either MFN or GSP. Only a minimum amount (under 1%) of imports were dutiable.

Available Smooth Transition Procedures:

There are no smooth transition provisions in case of Japan’s GSP scheme. In a survey conducted by UN DESA in 2011, Japan informed that it did not extend its preferences in case of graduation and does not intend to do so in the future.


  1. GSP of Japan
  2. Guide to GSP – Japan
  3. ITC-International Trade Statistics