International agreements

In this section you can source legislation covering New Zealand's close working relationships and cooperative agreements with other countries aimed at improving the movement of trade goods and enhancing the security of borders.

For additional information on New Zealand’s international trade relations see Free Trade Agreements and Mutual Recognition Arrangements.

This description was last updated on: Monday, 19 March 2012

Detailed information related to International agreements

​The Joint Statement between New Zealand and the United States to Strengthen Border Security, Combat Transnational Crime and Facilitate Legitimate Trade and Travel was signed 2 May 2012 by New Zealand Customs Minister, Maurice Williamson, and United States Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, in Wellington. The signing of the joint statement signalled the start of a two-year work programme to ensure New Zealand’s trade and travel with the United States is secure and efficient. (PDF 30kb)

This detail was last updated on Wednesday, 02 May 2012

​Customs and Excise (Rules of Origin for New Zealand–Hong Kong, China Closer Economic Partnership Agreement Goods) Amendment Regulations 2010. 2010/430 (PDF 268kb)

Set out below are the provisions of the New Zealand–Hong Kong China Closer Economic Partnership done at Hong Kong on 29 March 2010 which are incorporated by reference by the Customs and Excise (Rules of Origin for New-Zealand–Hong Kong, China Closer Economic Partnership Goods) Amendment Regulations 2010:

  • Chapter 4 – Rules of Origin. (PDF 114kb)
  • Annex – Operational Certification Procedures. (PDF 81kb)
  • Annex I to Chapter 4 (Rules of Origin) – Product Specific Rules of Origin. (PDF 628kb)

This detail was last updated on Thursday, 10 March 2011

​Set out below are the provisions of the Malaysia–New Zealand Free Trade Agreement done at Kuala Lumpur on 26 October 2009 which are incorporated by reference by the Customs and Excise (Rules of Origin for Malaysia Free Trade Agreement Goods) Amendment Regulations 2010 in those regulations: 

  • Chapter 3 – Rules of Origin. (PDF 197kb)
  • Headnote: Annex 2 – Product Specific Rules, and Appendix to the Headnote of Product Specific Rules. (PDF 496kb)
  • Annex 3 – Procedures and verification. (PDF 65kb)

This detail was last updated on Thursday, 10 March 2011

​Set out below is Annex G of the Australia New Zealand Closer Economic Relations Trade Agreement which are incorporated by reference by the Customs and Excise (Rules of Origin – Product-specific Rules for Australian Goods) Amendment Regulations 2011 in those regulations. 2011/276 (PDF 271kb)

Annex G – Product Specific Rules (PDF 868kb)

This detail was last updated on Monday, 15 December 2014

The Customs and Excise (Rules of Origin-Harmonised System) Amendment Regulations 2011 went to the Executive Council on 3 October 2011.

These Regulations which will come into force on 1 January 2012 make changes to New Zealand’s Rules of Origin Regulations relating to ANZCERTA, Hong Kong China and Malaysia.

The relevant rules of origin covered by this notice are new product-specific “rules of origin” applicable to imports from Australia (under the ANZCERTA), Malaysia and Hong Kong China that are the subject of claims for preferential tariff treatment upon entry to New Zealand.

These changes were required following the World Customs Organization’s review of the International Convention on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (“Harmonized System” or “HS”).

These rules of origin are incorporated into the Customs and Excise Regulations by reference pursuant to section 287A of the Customs and Excise Act. Unlike other rules of origin in this Order that are applicable to imports under preference from Thailand, China, the Association of South-East Asian Nations / Australia under the AANZFTA, and from Singapore / Chile / Brunei under the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement. None of those other rules of origin is incorporated by reference.

The relevant changes to rules of origin can be viewed in Legal documents, and by using the links below:

HS 2012: Changes to NZ Rules of Origin Regulations – ANZCERTA
HS 2012: Changes to NZ Rules of Origin Regulations – Hong Kong China
HS 2012: Changes to NZ Rules of Origin Regulations – Malaysia

This detail was last updated on Friday, 18 November 2011

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