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Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations Plus (PACER Plus) enters into Force on 13 December 2020

PACER Plus, a trade and development agreement, will enter into force for New Zealand on 13 December 2020.


The other countries that have ratified the Agreement along with New Zealand are: Australia, Samoa, Kiribati, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Niue and the Cook Islands. Nauru, Tuvalu and Vanuatu have signed but not yet ratified the Agreement. PACER Plus will not apply to these countries until they have ratified the Agreement.

PACER Plus builds on existing trade agreements: the non-reciprocal South Pacific Regional Trade and Economic Cooperation Agreement (SPARTECA) [1980] and the original PACER framework agreement [2001].

The following legal instruments have been made to implement this Agreement
• Tariff (PACER Plus) Amendment Order 2020; Tariff (PACER Plus) Amendment Order 2020 - 2020-go5404 - New Zealand Gazette
• Tariff (Specified PACER Plus Parties) Order 2020 - Tariff (Specified PACER Plus Parties) Order 2020 (LI 2020/288); and
• Customs and Excise (Rules of Origin for PACER Plus Goods) Amendment Regulations 2020 - Customs and Excise (Rules of Origin for PACER Plus Goods) Amendment Regulations 2020 (LI 2020/291)
• Tariff (PACER Plus) Amendment Act 2018 - Tariff (PACER Plus) Amendment Act 2018 Commencement Order 2020 (LI 2020/287):

Further information will be published shortly on the New Zealand Customs Website.