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New Zealand has nearly 2.16 billion US dollars in China, and 99% of its timber and paper products will be free of tariff

Release date: 2021-01-28 15:32     Source: China Wood Industry Information Network     Author: spring wood industry     Click:

On January 26, 2021, Minister Wang Wentao of the Ministry of Commerce and O'Connor, Minister of trade and export growth of New Zealand, respectively, signed the protocol between the government of the people's Republic of China and the government of New Zealand on upgrading the free trade agreement between the government of the people's Republic of China and the government of New Zealand by video on behalf of the two governments.

 New Zealand has nearly 2.16 billion US dollars in China, and 99% of its timber and paper products will be free of tariff

China and New Zealand signed an agreement on existing freedoms on Tuesday Trade The agreement will be upgraded, which will give New Zealand's exports more opportunities to enter the world's second largest economy.

At a news conference, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda ardern confirmed the signing of the agreement and pointed out its importance in the face of a serious pandemic and global economic crisis.

 New Zealand has nearly 2.16 billion US dollars in China, and 99% of its timber and paper products will be free of tariff

Wang Wentao, Minister of Commerce of China, and Damien OConnor, Minister of trade and export of New Zealand, signed the protocol to upgrade the China Singapore FTA by video. New Zealand said the agreement "modernizes" its existing free trade agreement with China and ensures that it remains applicable for the next decade.

This reduces the difficulty of exporting to China and is expected to reduce the compliance cost of New Zealand's exports by several million dollars a year. The upgraded agreement also means nearly NZ $3 billion (US $2.16 billion) in trade with China, OConnor said in a statement wood 99% of paper products will be granted tariff free access.

The agreement will benefit exporters of perishable goods in New Zealand, such as seafood, forestry and other primary industries. The existing export conditions of dairy products will be maintained. All defensive tariffs on most products will be eliminated within one year, while those on milk powder will be cancelled within three years.

"This means that by January 1, 2024, all New Zealand dairy exports to China will be tariff free," OConnor said.

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