New Zealand and the United Kingdom have signed a free trade agreement.

On 28 February 2022 (1 March NZT), New Zealand signed a high quality, comprehensive free trade agreement with the United Kingdom, one of the world's largest economies and an important, long standing partner.

New Zealand enjoys a uniquely close bond with the UK. The NZ-UK FTA will further strengthen our relationship by creating stronger trade and investment ties between our countries.

The UK is a crucial market for some of our key exports, with two-way goods and services trade worth NZ$6 billion pre-COVID.  This free trade agreement will provide New Zealand exporters with more favourable access to the UK market, helping to build our trade back up to pre-COVID levels and beyond.

Read the Media Release announcing the NZ-UK FTA signature(external link).

National Interest Analysis

A National Interest Analysis (NIA) accompanies every new significant international treaty signed by New Zealand. The NIA assesses the likely costs and benefits for New Zealand entering into the FTA, and whether it is in New Zealand’s national interest to ratify the Agreement.

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