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Secure Exports Scheme expansion

02.40pm 20 September 2021

The New Zealand - Hong Kong MRA has been expanded to include exports via airfreight.

The New Zealand-Hong Kong Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) first came into force in February 2019, which formally recognised each other’s supply chain security programme for exports via sea freight.

This week, the New Zealand-Hong Kong MRA was expanded to include exports via airfreight. This expansion provides significant trade facilitation benefits to New Zealand exporters that have been approved for airfreight within Customs’ Secure Exports Scheme (SES).

New Zealand exporters who join the Secure Exports Scheme can expect fewer trade disruptions and delays at international borders. Ultimately, this equips our exporters with a competitive edge overseas, in an already difficult trading environment.

The SES expansion into airfreight has already been implemented with Mutual Recognition Arrangement partners Australia, China, Taiwan, South Korea and Singapore. Further airfreight expansion is being worked through with our remaining partners.