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New Zealand is a party to a number of completed free trade and investment agreements. These are: the Australia-New Zealand Closer Economic Relations Agreement (1983); the New Zealand-Singapore Closer Economic Partnership (2001); the New Zealand-Thailand Closer Economic Partnership (2005); the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership or P4 (2005); the New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement (2008), the Australia-ASEAN-New Zealand free trade agreement (2009), the New Zealand-Malaysia FTA (2009),an FTA with the GCC, (2009) and the New Zealand-Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership (2010).

A New Zealand-India deal has been mooted. New Zealand’s government has indicated that it wants FTAs with Korea and Taiwan

While talk of a US-New Zealand FTA was hotly resisted and never got off the ground, partly because of New Zealand’s anti-nuclear policy, the expansion of what was initially called the P4 agreement to include the US (the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement) threatens to bring important changes to New Zealand policies.

New Zealand has also signed a number of IPPAs (bilateral investment treaties) with Chile, Argentina, Hong Kong, China and others.

last update: May 2012
Photo: NZ Free Trade Watch / Facebook


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New Zealand trade officials are hoping for a bilateral free trade deal with Washington, even while a Trans-Pacific Partnership deal excluding the US remains on the table.
Opportunities for NZ meat in South Korea
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New Zealand and Sri Lanka to consider free trade agreement
New Zealand and Sri Lanka will open diplomatic posts in each other’s nations and are considering a free trade agreement
New Zealand woos GCC states for FTA
Trade Minister Todd McClay will visit Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to press for a conclusion to the free trade negotiations between New Zealand and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
New Zealand-S Korea FTA enters second phase
Cross-border tariffs between New Zealand and Korea were scaled back further with the second installment of tax cuts under their free trade agreement.
Trade not so much about tariffs anymore, says NZ Trade Minister Todd McClay
In essence, trade agreements are not about tariffs and goods anymore but about investment and services.
Key to lead mission to India; ASEAN FTA review announced
Prime Minister John Key will lead a trade delegation to India next week, saying the pursuit of a trade agreement with the highly protected agricultural giant is "the primary reason we’re going" but playing down the likelihood of early progress
New Zealand, Gulf states renew efforts to seal free trade pact
New Zealand and the Gulf Cooperation Council will work to get a stalled free trade pact back on track after trade ministers from the Pacific nation and Saudi Arabia agreed to deepen trade ties.
Trade ministry defends Saudi sheep farm
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is defending a controversial sheep farm in Saudi Arabia, saying that the project has helped nudge New Zealand closer to a free trade deal with the Gulf states.
New Zealand minerals sector could benefit from planned EU trade deal
The free trade agreement currently in discussion could benefit a number of mineral producers in New Zealand.

    Links


  • New Zealand FTAs
    Government of NZ’ page on FTAs
  • Our World Is Not For Sale (New Zealand)
    The OUR WORLD IS NOT FOR SALE campaign was formed around building the protests at the September 2007 US-NZ Partnership Forum, the global justice campaign aims to build public support and organisation against the signing of any form of free trade agreement between the United States and New Zealand.