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Upgrade of New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement

20 April 2015

During President Xi Jinping's visit to New Zealand last November he and Prime Minister Key agreed to exploration of an upgrade to the New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement. The first step in this process is for New Zealand and China to produce a "joint assessment" which will set out the possible parameters of such an upgrade. In this regard, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade accordingly invites submissions on a possible upgrade of the Free Trade Agreement between New Zealand and China. We would be grateful if submissions were submitted by Monday 11 May 2015.


The NZ-China FTA is a treaty between New Zealand and China that liberalises and facilitates trade in goods and services, improves the business environment and promotes cooperation between the two countries in a broad range of economic areas. It entered into force on 1 October 2008. Key outcomes of the FTA can be found here.

The agreement to exploration of an upgrade of the FTA recognises the strong growth and increasing sophistication of bilateral trade and investment between China and New Zealand, and that both countries have concluded a number of FTAs with third countries since the NZ-China FTA entered into force. Upgrading the FTA offers an opportunity to modernise the agreement to help ensure it remains up to date and maintains its relevance to the current circumstances of trade, investment and business between China and New Zealand.

How can you make your submission?

Submissions covering the below should be emailed to:

  • Full name
  • Name of Organisation
  • Address
  • Email
  • Telephone
  • Specific issues you would like to see addressed;
  • Potential benefits and risks to your business/New Zealand;
  • Any specific information you can provide that would help to develop New Zealand's negotiating position; and
  • Outcomes that you would like to see from the negotiations.

Why your submission is important

As New Zealand prepares for a possible upgrade of the FTA it is important that negotiators know and understand the views and interests of New Zealanders. Investors, exporters and importers of goods and services, non-government organisations and individuals are invited to make submissions.

It will be important that we have clearly identified key areas of importance with a full understanding of their related potential benefit (or risks) to specific business sectors.

How your submissions will be used

The submissions will help shape New Zealand's negotiating mandate for the trade talks. Negotiators will follow up submissions with direct contact, if necessary. The public consultation process is an ongoing one that will provide further opportunities for input and comment on the negotiation.

Further questions?

Please direct any questions you have about the upgrade or the submissions process to:

Mike Walsh
Lead - NZ-China Free Trade Agreement Implementation
Trade Negotiations Division
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Tel: 04 439 8886

Pathways to Regional Markets: Innovation and Integration through our ASEAN and China FTAs

Stamford Plaza, Auckland Tuesday 6 November 2012

This was an innovative and informative business event focusing on two of New Zealand’s Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) in the Asia-Pacific region: the China–New Zealand FTA; and the Agreement Establishing the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area (AANZFTA). The event highligthted and discussed the potential for New Zealand businesses to take advantage of these FTAs across a range of sectors, and highlight how these FTAs can be used in a number of ways to create pathways into these regional markets.

The one-day event was held on Tuesday 6 November 2012 at the Stamford Plaza in Auckland.

The event programme included a plenary session in the morning, with keynote addresses given by senior figures in business and government from ASEAN, China and New Zealand. The afternoon features six workshops focusing on specific areas of interest under the FTAs, including:

  • Selling Kiwi innovation to the world: Commercialising research & development
  • Practical steps to getting to market under the FTAs (two workshops)
  • Learning from New Zealand: Education as an export
  • Developing regional partnerships: Attracting FDI and investing in Asia
  • Beyond commodity exports: Focus on food and beverage

Presentations at the event are available below:

China - New Zealand events to promote?

One of the best ways to learn about doing business in China is to hear it from the experts. There are a number of business networks in New Zealand that offer world class speakers and business experts accross a wide range of events, seminars and courses.

If your organisation has a China business related event that you would like to have featured on this section of the website, please contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade by e-mailing your contact details and outline of the event to

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