New Zealand High Commission Canberra, Australia

Business and trade

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), are the two leading government agencies in the trade arena. They have two distinct roles; MFAT opens the door to foreign markets by overcoming or reducing trade access barriers, and NZTE helps New Zealand businesses, by providing export development consultancy services.

MFAT and Trade Policy

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is the New Zealand Government’s lead trade policy agency. In conjunction with its network of Embassies and High Commissions offshore, it is responsible for conducting the New Zealand Government’s business with foreign governments and international organisations, such as the World Trade Organisation (WTO). One of MFAT’s key trade responsibilities is to negotiate market access for New Zealand goods and services and to maintain and enforce that access. 

NZTE - working with businesses

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) is the New Zealand Government’s national economic development agency. Through its network of offices worldwide, NZTE aims to grow New Zealand’s economy by building the capability of businesses and regions and facilitating their sustained and profitable participation in overseas markets.

There are two New Zealand Trade and Enterprise offices in Australia:

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise

Level 10, 55 Hunter Street
Sydney NSW 2000
AUSTRALIA
Telephone: +61 - (0)2 - 9234 2700
Facsimile: +61 - (0)2 - 9234 2701
Email:

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise

Level 10, 454 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
AUSTRALIA
Telephone: +61 - (0)3 - 9642 1281
Facsimile: +61 - (0)3 - 9642 1586
Email:

The Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) is responsible for promoting and developing Australia's export trade with other countries, including New Zealand. Further information about Austrade can be found on their website www.austrade.gov.au.

Trade between Australia and New Zealand is facilitated by a number of special bilateral treaties. The 1983 Australia-New Zealand Closer Economic Relations Trade Agreement (ANZCERTA) known also as CER, is the most comprehensive trade agreement entered into by either country and among the most complete in the world.

Trans-Tasman trade has been further integrated by another important treaty called the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Arrangement. Under the TTMRA, subject to some minor exceptions, a good which is legally able to be sold in one country can be legally sold in the other. Also, a person who is registered to practise an occupation in one CER country is entitled to practise an equivalent occupation in the other country, although there are some limited exceptions to this general rule.

Statistics

Australia is New Zealand's major trading partner.

Up-to-date trade statistics on New Zealand can be found on the Statistics New Zealand website. This site also contains detailed information on New Zealand's exports and imports.

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