Next steps and timeline

This page outlines the next steps now that negotiations have concluded for an upgrade of our free trade agreement with China and what has happened so far.

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Next steps

The next steps from conclusion of negotiations through to entry into force include:



The following timeline sets out the negotiations to date. The negotiations to upgrade the NZ-China free trade agreement began in 2016, followed by nine negotiating rounds, and concluded in October 2019.

  • October 2019: Round nine and conclusion of negotiations, Beijing, China
  • August 2019: Round eight held in Beijing, China
  • May 2019: Round seven held in Wellington, New Zealand
  • November 2018: Round six held in Beijing, China
  • September 2018: Round five held in Beijing, China
  • June 2018: Round four held in Beijing, China
  • November 2017: Round three held in Queenstown, New Zealand
  • July 2017: Round two held in Beijing, China
  • April 2017: Round one of upgrade negotiations in Beijing, China
  • 2016: New Zealand and China agree on the scope and formal negotiations are launched at the APEC Leaders Meetings in Lima, Peru
  • 2014-2016:  Joint discussions on the scope of upgrade negotiations
  • 2014: New Zealand and China agree to look at upgrading the FTA
  • 2008 onwards: Implementation of original FTA begins. Officials have met regularly to monitor implementation, improve cooperation and address issues affecting trade
  • 2008: FTA signed in Beijing on 7 April and came into force on 1 October
  • 2004: Original New Zealand-China FTA negotiations launched and Joint Study Report [PDF, 490 KB] published


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