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

COVID-19 and trade

Here's where you'll find information about the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.

How we help exporters

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

MFAT market reports

We publish regular reports on topics of interest to the NZ export community.

NZ trade policy

We're the government's lead advisor and negotiator on trade policy. The progressive and inclusive Trade For All agenda will set 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 economies interested in free trade. Find out why APEC matters to us and where New Zealand fits in.

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.