New Zealand Customs – including our london and Brussels-based advisers – is working closely with the UK government as well as the European Commission and EU countries to facilitate trade during Brexit and to keep pace with Brexit. Learn more about the negotiations on the EU-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement. The government is committed to negotiating a comprehensive agreement with New Zealand and we look forward to further progress. The government will make its next statement on the progress made at the end of the second round of negotiations, which is scheduled for October. We will look at the possibility of personal negotiations, if that is for sure. “We think we`re in great shape and ready to go – we only need the British to realize that we can do more than just a trade deal at the same time.” Peters said the UK`s EU membership was not “fit” to negotiate its own agreements around the world. So far, the UK has agreed on terms for 20 of these existing agreements, which include and must be pushed around in 50 countries or territories, and in particular with smaller trading partners. New paths for sustainable trade, including climate change considerations. The customs agreement between the EU and New Zealand is not affected by Brexit. Since the UK will no longer be a member of the EU customs union, the EU-NZ Free Trade Agreement will not include the UK. New Zealand and the United Kingdom began free trade negotiations in June 2020.
New Zealand is negotiating a free trade agreement with the United Kingdom, one of the world`s largest economies and a long-standing partner of New Zealand. In any event, a free trade agreement concluded or not, the rules governing trade between the UK and the EU will change at the end of the transition period. While the outcomes of future EU and UK trade agreements are unknown, negotiating a free trade agreement with the EU remains a priority for New Zealand. The discussions between the negotiators have been productive and reflect our common goal of reaching a comprehensive agreement to promote trade and investment between our like-minded economies. The teams discussed their respective objectives and agreed on a preliminary plan for future discussions. Our positive discussions in the first round laid the groundwork for the United Kingdom and New Zealand to achieve high-quality results throughout the agreement. Trade between the UK and the EU will change. From a customs point of view, the United Kingdom is treated as a “third country” whether or not a trade agreement is concluded.