News for Tuscany under the economic partnership agreement between the European Union and Japan. Toscano PGI extra virgin olive oil has entered the list of 28 new European quality agricultural products protected in Japan, the so-called geographical indications (GI).

The economic partnership agreement in fact, among other things, provides for the updating of the list of protected productions, equal number of protected products in Japan and as many Japanese protected in Europe.

In addition to the list of GI products, the agreement, which entered into force on February 1, 2019, provides for simplifications of regulations, exchanges of people and services, harmonization of safety standards between Europe and Japan, but above all the elimination of a large part of the billion euros of customs duties paid each year by European companies that export to Japan.

"The inclusion of our Evo oil among the protected products in Japan represents a milestone that makes us proud and provides another great opportunity for one of our products of excellence, our largest IGP with almost 9.000 producers - said the vice president. and councilor for agri-food Stefania Saccardi - Thanks to its various health properties, an aspect that is highly appreciated and held in high regard by the Japanese people, I am sure that the Evo Toscano IGP oil will have great success with them too. Not only that, the opening in Japan, a leading country in East Asia, means consequent possible opening and affirmation, if accompanied by due promotion, throughout South East Asia. A prospect that I welcome very positively and in which I see great potential for our producers ”.

Written by Chiara Bini