28 November 2012 15:57 [Source: ICIS news]LONDON (ICIS)--The EU should begin talks with Japan about a free trade agreement as soon as possible, German chemical producers association Verband der Chemischen Industrie (VCI) said on Wednesday.
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An EU-Japan free trade deal could trigger impulses for economic growth, which is currently sorely needed on both sides, he added.
Tillmann, who was speaking ahead of an EU-Japan trade meeting due later this week, said that the EU should focus the talks not only on eliminating tariffs, but also on non-tariff trade barriers such as different regulations and standards.
The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) and Japan Chemical Industry Association (JCIA) said in a joint statement that they want the talks to focus on the elimination of chemical tariffs, and simplified regulatory processes and rules of origin.
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