About the Agreement
The NZ-China FTA was signed on the 7th of April 2008 in Beijing and came into effect on 1 October 2008. Historically, New Zealand has enjoyed a very good relationship with China. In what would become a series of “firsts” between the two counties, New Zealand was the first developed country to conclude bilateral negotiations for China's accession to the WTO. Now, New Zealand is also the first developed country to have negotiated a Free Trade Agreement with China. China is New Zealand’s third largest trading partner.
The NZ-China FTA is a treaty between New Zealand and China that liberalises and facilitates trade in goods and services, improves the business environment and promotes cooperation between the two countries in a broad range of economic areas.
Quick Links to NZ-China FTA information
Official NZ-China FTA website (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade)
- More about the agreement
- Doing business with China
- Tools and resources
When the Chinese Vice President visited New Zealand on 17 June 2010 he talked about the FTA. Click here to view the translation of this speech.
To view the bi-monthly newsletter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade click here
Navigating China (New Zealand Trade and Enterprise)
- A great resource on working through the challenges of doing business in China. Click here to download.
Visit NZTE's China site for further information on China.