Promoting free and open trade

New Zealand is a trade dependent economy, distant from export markets, and we’re a firm supporter of free and open trade. We practice what we preach—we’ve got one of the most open market economies in the world.

In this section

How we help exporters

Several government agencies can help exporters. Find out which ones may be able to help you.

Trade policy

We're the government's lead advisor and negotiator on trade policy. Trade Agenda 2030 sets out NZ's strategy.

Free trade agreements

MFAT leads New Zealand's negotiations for high quality, comprehensive free trade agreements.

Our work with the WTO

New Zealand's membership of the WTO gives us a voice and a vote in global free trade negotiations.

Our work with APEC

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation is made up of 21 Pacific rim nations interested in promoting free trade in the region.

NZ Inc strategies

MFAT oversees the Government's NZ Inc strategies for stronger relationships with our key international partners.

UN Security Council sanctions

UN trade sanctions against Iran have changed. If you do business with Iran, you should be aware of what that means for NZ.

News & Events

Mexico and New Zealand join deal to proceed with Trans-Pacific Partnership


Over the weekend ministers from the 11 Trans-Pacific Partnership countries reached agreement on the core elements of a modified “Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership” (CPTPP). The ministers were meeting in the margins of the APEC ministerial meetings in Da Nang, Viet Nam.