Under New Zealand’s external trade agreements, preferential tariffs apply to goods and products from specified countries and groups of countries.
For importers, this means that certain goods from certain countries attract lower duty rates than from others. The rules and workings can be quite complex, so it may be advisable to use the services of a customs broker, agent or freight forwarder.
Fact Sheet 8 – Preferential tariff duty rates and an explanation about rules of origin has more information on New Zealand's trade agreements, the countries involved, and the rules that apply.
For certain countries there may be slightly different rules regarding preferential tariffs and the rules of origin. We have compiled fact sheets on the countries where this applies.