New Zealand-European Union free trade agreement
We plan to start free trade negotiations with the European Union (EU) at end of this year.
- Five things we want to achieve with the EU-NZ FTA
- What's the benefit for New Zealand?
- What will we be negotiating?
- How to get involved
- Media and resources
- Lower costs for consumers, making things like food and consumer goods cheaper for New Zealanders.
- Level the playing field for businesses in NZ and the EU by reducing tariffs, duties and other trade barriers.
- Ensure that the trade deal works for companies of all sizes, big and small.
- Drive economic progress in a way that protects the environment and contributes to better living conditions.
- Safeguard our ability to regulate and decide what is best for New Zealand and our people.
The EU is the world’s biggest trading entity, and many New Zealand businesses have interests there. A free trade agreement will reduce the prices our businesses pay at the European Union border by removing tariffs (import duties) and other barriers. It will also level the playing field with countries that are already paying less due to existing free trade agreements.
At the same time, a free trade agreement will reduce the cost of European imports, such as food and clothing into New Zealand, which is good for consumers.
But it's not all about buying and selling
We are also committed to negotiating an agreement that upholds or improves New Zealand policies and outcomes in areas such as sustainability and climate change, labour standards and animal welfare.
New Zealand and the EU recently agreed the broad scope of negotiations. A summary of these discussions is available.
Scoping summary document [PDF, 187 KB]
The process is in its early stages, but the European Union and New Zealand have other free trade agreements that provide useful background on the kinds of issues likely to be discussed:
- Read more about the EU's other FTAs on the European Commission website (external link)
- Read more on New Zealand's other FTAs
We want to hear from anyone with an interest in the negotiations, including Māori, NGOs, businesses and members of the public. Your input helps us understand what is important for New Zealanders so that we can safeguard, secure and push for the things that count.
Your input or questions can be sent via:
Post: Coordinator, EU FTA
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Private Bag 18-901 Wellington
Between December 2015 and March 2016, we called for public submissions on the proposed FTA between New Zealand and the European Union. The published submissions are available here.