Trade agreements and partnerships

Trade agreements and closer economic partnerships are an important part of New Zealand's international trade policy. We use trade agreements and closer economic partnerships to liberalise trade.

We give policy advice and participate in negotiations in the areas of:

  • trade remedies
  • technical barriers to trade
  • competition policy
  • intellectual property
  • government procurement.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) leads New Zealand’s free trade agreement negotiations. It keeps an index of documents about trade agreements that have been concluded and those being negotiated.

In this section

Closer Economic Relations with Australia and the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Arrangement

Australia is one of our most important economic partners. New Zealand and Australia have made good progress to remove trade barriers.

Import and export restriction agreements

New Zealand is party to several international agreements that restrict the trade or manufacture of hazardous substances.

Conformity assessment mutual recognition arrangements

Mutual Recognition Agreements or Arrangements (MRAs) provide for recognition of testing, certification and inspections between countries or economies.

Trade remedies under trade agreements

Some trade agreements have provisions relating to trade remedies.