Timeline for negotiations and updates

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Preparations for AANZFTA upgrade negotiations  

Preparations for an upgrade of AANZFTA started in 2017:

  • 2017–2018: AANZFTA General Review conducted.
  • 2019: New Zealand’s negotiation mandate engagement, and submission. Negotiations mandate [PDF, 1.9 MB] completed and proactively released.
  • 2019: AANZFTA General Review completed and recommendations endorsed by AANZFTA Ministers.
  • 2020: AANZFTA Ministers agreed to expeditiously begin negotiations in 2021.

AANZFTA negotiation timeline

Negotiations started for the upgrade of AANZFTA in 2021. Various government agencies are participating, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ministry for Primary Industries, Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment, and the New Zealand Customs Service.

  • 7–9 April 2021: First round of negotiations are held virtually. Preliminary discussions were had on the path forward for negotiations, and it was agreed that work will continue between rounds to propose and agree text.
  • 21–22 July 2021: Second round of negotiations, also held virtually. Negotiators were able to make further progress, building on work done in round one.
  • 29 November 2021: Third round of negotiations held virtually.
  • 7 March 2022: Fourth round of negotiations, held virtually. As we enter the final six months of the planned timeframe, the Committee agrees to move to more regular meetings.
  • 21 April 2022: Fifth round of negotiations, held virtually.
  • 15 June 2022: Planned date for the sixth round of negotiations, to be held in Jakarta.

AANZFTA parties are working to secure a timely conclusion to the upgrade, targeting the end of 2022. Once an agreement is reached, it will be released for public scrutiny, as will a National Interest Assessment.

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We’re interested in what New Zealanders and New Zealand businesses have to say about AANZFTA. Your views will help inform our overall approach to the AANZFTA upgrade.

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