The Ministry's key responsibilities - working
The Ministry conducts the New Zealand Government’s business with foreign governments and international organisations, such as the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
One of the Ministry’s key trade responsibilities is to negotiate market access for New Zealand goods and services and to maintain and enforce that access. The Ministry, in conjunction with its network of Embassies and High Commissions offshore works with business in the following ways:
Provides a partnership in trade negotiations
by establishing an ongoing and open dialogue
between New Zealand businesses and negotiators.
This dialogue helps the Ministry meet the needs
and expectations of exporters as well as keeping
businesses informed of the details and progress
of the negotiations.
Provides assistance to help overcome
access problems for exporters entering international
markets (e.g. tariffs, import restrictions, health
or packaging requirements).
Communicates information about new market
access opportunities that result from trade negotiations.
Provides targeted economic and political
information on export markets.
Provides assistance in gaining introductions
to key players in international markets including
central and local government contacts as well
as within the local business community.
Promotes opportunities that help to
bring new skills, technology, research and development
and investment to New Zealand.
Role of the Ministry’s Business Liaison Unit
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has
a specialist unit dedicated to liaising with New
business community. The Business Liaison Unit
is responsible for providing trade and economic related information
to the business community and for facilitating consultation
with business during trade negotiations.
If you have any specific queries regarding
market access or impediments to trade, please contact
the Business Liaison Unit, Economic Divison.