15 September 2015
Large trade blocs good for NZ exports
New Zealand's refreshed priorities for international trade have been welcomed by ExportNZ.
The Government’s Business Growth Agenda on trade has been updated, with a focus on completing the Trans Pacific
Partnership, achieving a free trade agreement with the European Union, and engaging more with emerging economies in
Latin and South America.
ExportNZ Executive Director Catherine Beard said exporters welcomed the continued emphasis on TPP.
“The Trans Pacific Partnership is still our major opportunity for external trade. It represents around 40 percent of
world GDP, so our businesses stand to benefit from greatly from equal access to those markets.
“New Zealand has more to gain from TPP than most countries, because the highest tariffs always apply to primary
products, which make up around two-thirds of our goods exports.”
Catherine Beard said work towards a free trade agreement with the EU and increased trade with Latin and South America
were similarly well focused on large markets with significant growth potential.
“In the absence of international progress towards a global multilateral trade agreement, a strong focus on large trade
blocs represents New Zealand’s best chances of improving our export earnings.”