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Trade agreements and exporting rules

In addition to monitoring export goods, the New Zealand Customs Service is also charged with encouraging New Zealand’s international trade. This means they work closely with other countries’ customs agencies to facilitate the movement of trade goods internationally.

As an exporter, you are in a position to benefit from the numerous preferential trade agreements and export schemes that New Zealand has negotiated internationally over the years, and which are designed to promote the export of our goods.

Make sure your products are exported securely and in the best condition.

Make sure your products are exported securely and in the best condition.

Customs’ initiatives such as the Secure Exports Scheme (external link) can help.

Key exporting rules

Here are some links to key information on international agreements and Customs’ role in the export sector. On these pages, you’ll access all the information, guidance and documentation you will need in your important role as a New Zealand exporter.

Preparing to export (external link)  — If you are intending to export goods out of New Zealand, there are specific processes, documentation and clearance that are required. Find out what you need to know for successfully exporting your goods at Preparing to export.

Accompanying your exports (external link)   — Are you intending to export commercial goods in your luggage? Learn the rules for the goods take out of the country but intend to bring back, such as product samples or prototypes.

Export clearance & entry procedures (external link)  — Find out how to get customs clearance for your exported goods along with schemes and initiatives that may benefit you as an exporter.

Export charges & drawbacks (external link)  — Find out the charges and fees you might expect when exporting goods out of New Zealand, and information on refunds at Export charges & drawbacks.

Departure of commercial craft (external link)  — Find out what the documentation and clearance requirements are when leaving New Zealand.

Red tape can push up costs

Trade barriers created by government policies and regulations are called non-tariff barriers. This might be excessive red tape, onerous regulations, unfair rules or decisions, or anything else that is making it difficult for you to trade overseas and compete effectively. Find out how MBIE and other government agencies can help reduce or prevent some of these barriers on the Trade and tariffs page (external link) .

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