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New Zealand primary products continue to clear China border as usual

Trade Advice

New Zealand's primary products continue to clear the border in China as usual, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) said today. This follows recent media reports suggesting delays.

"New Zealand products continue to be cleared into China," says Tim Knox, MPI's director market access.

"We have not received indication of anything out of the ordinary in China's border clearance procedures for New Zealand products."

New Zealand has an extensive trading relationship with China, valued at more than NZD$28 billion a year. As with any large trading relationship, temporary technical trade issues can occur from time to time with products at the border.

Each month China Customs publishes a list of food import non-compliances that have led to product rejection at the Chinese border. No New Zealand product appeared on the latest December 2018 list. Non-compliances concerning New Zealand products in 2018 were the lowest since monitoring began.

"There are established mechanisms for resolving temporary technical trade issues, which includes working constructively with Chinese authorities and exporters," says Mr Knox.

"The overall picture is one of a significant trade relationship working effectively, in both directions."

Date: 15 Feb 2019

Media contact: MPI media team

Telephone: 029 894 0328