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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
  • competition
  • 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.

 

Find out more

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade 

New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement 

APEC Mutual Recognition Arrangement for Electric and Electronic Equipment

New Zealand participates in a mutual recognition programme relating to the testing and certification of electric and electronic equipment between different countries.

Read more about APEC Mutual Recognition Arrangement for Electric and Electronic Equipment

European Union and New Zealand Mutual Recognition Arrangement

New Zealand has a mutual recognition arrangement with the European Union to allow product compliance to be done before export.

Read more about European Union and New Zealand Mutual Recognition Arrangement

Environmental agreements

Approval is required to import or export hazardous waste or substances that deplete the ozone.

Read more about Environmental agreements

Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation

We represent New Zealand on APEC's sub-committee on standards and conformance.

Read more about Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation

Trade agreement with China on electrical and electronic equipment

New Zealand and China have a trade agrement relating specifically to electrical and electronic equipment.

Read more about Trade agreement with China on electrical and electronic equipment

Trade agreement with Taiwan on electrical and electronic products

New Zealand has a trade arrangement with Taiwan relating specifically to electrical and electronic products.

Read more about Trade agreement with Taiwan on electrical and electronic products

Last updated 30 November 2012