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New Zealand and the Netherlands welcome new information sharing agreement

09.05am 11 March 2022 | News

New Zealand and the Netherlands welcome the Agreement between New Zealand and the Kingdom of the Netherlands on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Customs Matters Agreement (CMAA) that was signed on Thursday March 10 in Wellington.

The CMAA will provide access to important information and intelligence held by the Netherlands and New Zealand, which will assist in strengthening our border systems and preventing harm from reaching the respective countries.

“As the Netherlands is a major logistical hub, our Dutch colleagues have a good understanding on how criminals seek to exploit international supply chains. Without this bilateral agreement, there are constraints on what information can be shared,” says Jamie Bamford, Deputy Chief Executive - International and Governance at New Zealand Customs.

“It is pleasing news that this agreement will now enable us to access the right information so we can work collectively to minimise the flow of illicit goods and material across our borders.

“From the international trends we are seeing, it is critical that New Zealand engages with countries like the Netherlands to undermine criminal networks that operate internationally.

“We look forward to positive outcomes this agreement will bring to both countries.”