Victoria and Japan share a long and mutually beneficial economic partnership with Japan being our third largest trading partner and our fourth largest export market as of June 2019.

Since the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) came into force in 2015, Victorian businesses have been given preferential access to export their premium goods and services to Japan.

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Opportunities for Victorians looking to do business with Japan

Fast facts

In 2018-19, Victoria's food and fibre exports to Japan were valued at A$1.29 billion, with major exports being dairy, meat, prepared foods and horticulture.

  • Victoria's two-way merchandise trade with Japan was valued at A$7.3 billion in the 2018-19 financial year.2
  • Japanese visitors spent  A$231 million in Victoria in the calendar year 2019.3
  • Based on nominal GDPJapan's economy is the world's third largest national economy.4


  1. Victorian Food and Fibre Export Performance Report 2018-19
  2. DFAT data
  3. Business Victoria,Tourism Industry Resources website
  4. International Monetary Fund 2020

Discover how your business can export to Japan

  • Our Go Global export-readinesss self-assessment tool will identify your business's gaps in capabilities and recommend next steps to bridge those gaps. Whether you're seeking to enter new markets, or expand into existing markets, Go Global will show you how to get there.
  • Asialink Business' Japan Country Starter Pack provides a comprehensive guide to doing business in Japan.
  • The Commissioner for Victoria to Japan and Korea is based at the Victorian Government Trade and Investment (VGTI) office in Tokyo. Our VGTI offices provide tailored market intelligence, insights and guidance for your export business, and can connect you with overseas buyers and industry partners in Japan.
  • The Victorian Government provides support through a range of grants, vouchers and assistance programs.
  • Austrade's Japan Market Profile provides further detail and facts about the Japanese market.
  • The International Chamber House (ICH) in Melbourne's city centre is a business networking hub for international bilateral chambers and business associations.    It provides members access to meeting rooms with video-conferencing, flexible workspaces, and a function space for international business development events.
  • Visit our regional insights page to read seasonal updates from our Regional Specialists.