MFAT negotiators are keen to hear from businesses or individuals who are facing barriers to this market.

This includes companies that are not exporting now, but plan to enter the market.

Examples of common barriers New Zealand businesses face offshore are:

  • high tariffs, e.g. duties imposed on items at the border that add significantly to the price point in the market
  • surcharges and duties required at the border
  • sanitary and phytosanitary measures, e.g. restrictions for animal or plant material to be allowed across the border
  • technical barriers to trade (regulations or officially endorsed standards, industry standards, conformity assessment requirements, e.g. testing), import licensing, customs or difficulty in finding out about relevant local laws and regulations
  • restrictions on individuals, e.g. difficulties with recognising qualifications or obtaining business visas, requirements to obtain local licences
  • restrictions on investors, e.g. requirements to operate in joint ventures with local partners, requirements to employ locals or restrictions on the ability of New Zealanders to be transferred to work in subsidiaries or affiliates, local representation requirements for boards of directors, restrictions on the ability to invest in a new enterprise or invest equity
  • financial or business restrictions, e.g. restrictions on supplying services from New Zealand (including via the internet), difficulties competing with local firms that benefit from government preferences, complex and discriminatory local regulations.

We also want to hear from New Zealand companies that are concerned about the effect of an increase in imports as a result of New Zealand agreeing to eliminate our tariffs.

Public events

Opportunity to meet with Negotiators at the 24th Round of Negotiations in Auckland

New Zealand is hosting the 24th round of negotiations for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) in Auckland from 18-27 October.

During the round we will be hosting a number of public sessions for stakeholders to engage directly with RCEP negotiators.  These sessions are a great opportunity to share views and hear from a range of interests and perspectives.

As these are meetings with delegations from other countries participating in RCEP, please note that all meetings will be run strictly according to Chatham House Rules.

Intellectual Property, Investment and E-commerce* Technical Session

3.30pm-5.00pm Monday 22 October Crowne Plaza Hotel

An opportunity to raise specific technical issues with relevant negotiators from RCEP countries.

Attendants must pre-register in order to gain access to the venue. Register here (external link).

Goods Trade Technical Session with a focus on Rules of Origin and Non-Tariff Measures

10.00am-12.30pm Tuesday 23 October Crowne Plaza Hotel

An opportunity to raise specific technical issues with relevant negotiators from RCEP countries.

Attendants must pre-register in order to gain access to the venue. Register here (external link).

Session with the RCEP Trade Negotiating Committee

2.00pm-4.00pm Tuesday 23 October Crowne Plaza Hotel

An opportunity to have broader engagement with Trade Negotiating Committee Lead Negotiators from the different RCEP countries.

Attendants must pre-register in order to gain access to the venue. Register here (external link).

* E-commerce subject to availability of negotiators

Contact us

To give feedback or for more information about the RCEP negotiations, contact us by:

Email  rcep@mfat.govt.nz

Mail
Coordinator, RCEP FTA
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Private Bag 18901
Wellington