CPTPP Accession

New Zealand is a founding member of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). This free trade agreement entered into force for New Zealand on 30 December 2018.

The CPTPP is a high-quality, comprehensive FTA that aims to support sustainable and inclusive economic development and is open to others to join providing they meet the Agreement’s high standards.

New members applying to join the CPTPP will need to comply with the existing CPTPP Agreement. This means the text of the Agreement will not change. Current rules and obligations, as well as the exceptions that apply in the existing CPTPP Agreement, will not change.

The focus of negotiations with prospective new members will be on ensuring that the commitments they make on access for goods, services, investment, government procurement and temporary entry for business persons meet the high standards agreed by existing CPTPP members.

UK Accession to the CPTPP

A screen-shot of eight CPTPP Ministers and Representatives in a virtual meeting with the UK Secretary of State for International Trade Kemi Badenoch..

The CPTPP Accession Working Group and the United Kingdom have reached substantive conclusion of negotiations on UK's accession to CPTPP. Read the CPTPP Ministerial Statement here [PDF, 247 KB]

Read the media release: CPTPP bolstered by decision on UK accession | Beehive.govt.nz(external link)

Any further feedback, including on specific accession candidates, is welcomed via cptppconsultations@mfat.govt.nz


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