Trade agreements and partnerships
Trade agreements and closer economic partnerships are an important part of New Zealand's international trade policy. We have used free trade agreements and closer economic partnerships to liberalise trade.
We give policy advice and participate in negotiations in the areas of:
- trade rules
- technical barriers to trade
- intellectual property
- government procurement.
We also have a central role in negotiating market access and tariffs.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade keeps an index of documents about trade agreements that have been concluded and those being negotiated.
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New Zealand participates in a mutual recognition programme relating to the testing and certification of electric and electronic equipment between different countries.
New Zealand has a mutual recognition arrangement with the European Union to allow product compliance to be done before export.
Approval is required to import or export hazardous waste or substances that deplete the ozone.
We represent New Zealand on APEC's sub-committee on standards and conformance.
The Electrical and Electronic Equipment Mutual Recognition Arrangement (EEE MRA) is an annex to the New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement.
New Zealand has a trade arrangement with Taiwan relating specifically to electrical and electronic products.