Call for Public Submissions on the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen, and Matsu on Economic Cooperation

The New Zealand Commerce and Industry Office (NZCIO) is inviting submissions on the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu Kinmen, and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC).

The closing date for submissions is 29 June 2018. Information on how to make a submission is provided below.

Background

The Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC) is a high quality, comprehensive trade agreement that liberalises and facilitates trade in goods, services and investment between the New Zealand and Chinese Taipei. ANZTEC delivers preferential tariff access that gives New Zealand exporters a key competitive advantage in an important market of around 23 million people. It also includes innovative provisions on film and television, indigenous cooperation and air links that will expand existing creative, cultural and people-to-people links.

ANZTEC has already created significant commercial benefits for New Zealand and Chinese Taipei following entry-into-force on 1 December 2013. The text of the Agreement and a summary of its benefits are available at: https://www.nzcio.com/en/anztec/anztec-agreement/

About the General Review

The Agreement provides for a general review within two years of entry into force and every three years thereafter (Article 5, Chapter 22 (Institutional Provisions)). The Review will consider the implementation, operation and impact of the Agreement since its entry into force and explore ways to remove any existing impediments to increase trade, maximise benefits, and ensure that the Agreement is a modern, living document that responds to changing business needs.

How you can make your submission?

Submissions including the below should be emailed to TND@mfat.govt.nz . The closing date for submissions is 29 June 2018

  • Full name 
  • Name of Organisation 
  • Address
  • Email
  • Telephone 

What you may wish to cover in your submission

In your submission, you may wish to highlight:

  • Your experiences trading under the Agreement;
  • Specific issues you would like to see addressed; and
  • Any further information you can provide that would assist a review of the performance of the Agreement.

Why your submission is important

It is important that the reviewers know and understand the views and interests of New Zealanders. Investors, exporters and importers of goods and services, non-government organisations and individuals are all invited to make submissions.

How your submissions will be used

The submissions will help shape New Zealand’s feedback for the joint report. Reviewers will follow up submissions with direct contact, if necessary. The public consultation process is an ongoing one and regular updates will be provided on the NZCIO website.

Submissions may be published unless otherwise requested.

Further questions?

Please direct any questions you have about the review or the submissions process to:

Trade Negotiations Division

TND@mfat.govt.nz