For most products, it is not necessary for products originating in NZ under this agreement to be accompanied by a certificate of origin issued by a certification body. In early November 2019, New Zealand and China agreed to strengthen their free trade agreement. The new provisions included facilitating exports to China, improving China`s commitment to environmental standards, and New Zealand`s preferential access to timber and paper trade with China. In exchange, New Zealand will relax visa restrictions for Chinese travel guides and Chinese language teachers.  The Economic Partnership Agreement (New Zealand-Hong Kong, China) was signed on 29 March 2010 in Hong Kong and came into force on 1 January 2011. The agreement allows products exported from Hong Kong, China, to receive preferential tariff treatment upon importation into the NZ. Currently, all those who are imported into Hong Kong, China, are duty free, regardless of their origin. The agreement ensures that in the future, New Zealand goods imported into Hong Kong will remain duty-free in China. For more information on rules of origin and agreement, visit Fact Sheet 8 (PDF 701 KB). The New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement is a bilateral free trade agreement signed in April 2008 between the People`s Republic of China and New Zealand.
It is China`s first free trade agreement with a developed country and New Zealand`s largest trade agreement since the 1983 agreement establishing closer economic relations with Australia.  The New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement was signed in Beijing on April 7, 2008, after negotiations continued over 15 years. It came into force on 1 October 2008, after ratification by the New Zealand Parliament. The provisions of the agreement are expected to be phased in gradually over a 12-year period and fully into force in 2019. Thailand is also a party to the AANZFTA agreement. Distributors should consider what is the most appropriate agreement for their imported/exported products. “This ensures that our improved free trade agreement remains the best china has with each country,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a statement released after her bilateral meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at the East Asia Summit in Thailand. The agreement was welcomed by a number of New Zealand exporters, including the Fonterra Dairy Cooperative and the New Zealand Seafood Industry Council, while others, such as device maker Fisher-Paykel, said the deal would lead to stiffer competition with cheaper Chinese products.   The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions opposed the inclusion of labour in the trade agreement and stated that there was potential for a skilled Chinese workforce to be exploited and underpaid.  Weak food security and environmental standards behind China`s agricultural exports to NZ, which will inevitably increase as a result of the agreement; working conditions and the lack of rights for Chinese workers who are not subject to the free trade agreement; China`s broader human rights record, including repression in Tibet; the ability of Chinese companies to now sue the New Zealand government if it limits Chinese trade or investment in any way for reasons of labour rights, environmental standards or health problems; and the inability of New Zealand fruit and vegetable producers to compete with the influx of Chinese imports, given lower wages in their production costs.