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Towards an EU-New Zealand Trade Agreement

The European Union has launched negotiations for a comprehensive and ambitious trade agreement with New Zealand.

Bilateral trade in goods between the two partners has risen steadily in recent years, reaching almost €8.7bn in 2017. The EU is New Zealand's third-biggest trade partner.

According to the impact assessment, trade between New Zealand and the EU could increase by 36%; trade in goods could increase by 47%, whereas the services trade could increase by 14%.

The trade negotiations aim to:

  • reduce existing barriers to trade in goods and services
  • make sure that European companies compete on a level playing field with businesses from countries that already have a trade agreement with New Zealand
  • promote smart, sustainable and inclusive growth

The Council of the European Union authorised opening negotiations for a trade agreement between the EU and New Zealand on 22 May 2018.


Find out all about the trade negotiations


Impact assessment, draft mandate, factsheet

Exporters' stories

Discover what a future trade deal will mean for small businesses throughout Europe

New Zealand information page

Learn more about the EU's current trade relationship with New Zealand