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Free Trade Agreements

Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) assist NZ traders (exporters and importers) by providing improved access to partner markets, and reducing trade barriers (such as Customs procedures) in those markets.

As well as other things, an FTA establishes:

  • preferential tariff rates for goods imported into the countries party to that Agreement
  • rules by which goods can qualify for those preferential tariffs (rules of origin)
  • customs procedures for claiming preferential tariff rates (rules of origin procedures)
  • general principles for customs procedures among the countries party to an Agreement.

Additional information is available on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) website.