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Customs agreement with The Netherlands enters into force

11.23am 29 September 2023 | Social Media

A cooperation agreement with the Kingdom of the Netherlands comes into effect on Sunday 1 October, marking a new chapter in collaboration with a key European partner.

The Customs Mutual Administrative Assistance Agreement (CMAA) was signed by officials from both governments in Wellington on 10 March 2022. 

The agreement allows the New Zealand Customs Service and Dutch Customs Administration to share important information relating to trade and drug smuggling, enhancing the ability of each agency to combat transnational crime, strengthen supply chain security and support the flow of trade.  

Roger Batten, Regional Manager Atlantic, said New Zealand’s engagement with countries like the Netherlands helps to enhance trade opportunities and strengthens our respective border systems.  

“As the Netherlands is a major logistical hub, our Dutch colleagues have a good understanding of efficient trade as well as how criminals seek to exploit international supply chains. They are also world leaders in innovative technology at the border, with a similar approach to border security,” Mr Batten said. 

“This agreement enables us to share information that will support our respective agencies to combat transnational crime. It will also allow us to use information that can support traders. As our second largest export market in the EU, the Netherlands is a significant partner for New Zealand, and an attractive gateway to European markets for kiwi exporters.”   

The joint Customs relationship further supports the Free Trade Agreement with the European Union that was signed earlier in July this year.

In August 2023 Customs hosted a three-day visit by a group of officials from the Dutch Customs Administration led by Director General Nanette van Schelven to sign a joint work programme.