Topics. Introduction to Standards New Zealand; Non-tariff Barriers; and standards and conformance? How are standards issues recognised in current FTAs with Australia, Singapore and Thailand? What particular standards issues need to be addressed in negotiations with China and ASEAN?
“While we normally don’t think about standards unless their absence causes inconvenience, it would be extremely difficult to imagine daily life without standards. …. Standards in some form are helping to shape your day, make it easier, more comfortable, prosperous, safer and simply more convenient”
New Zealand's overall simple applied tariff rate is 3.7% - APEC IAP 2003
FTA contains provisions aimed at
Above achieved by regulators and officials working more effectively to resolve barriers to trade in:
Joint Accreditation System Australia New Zealand (JAS ANZ) (1991)
Trans Tasman Mutual Recognition Arrangement (TTMRA) (1998)
MoU between Standards New Zealand & Standards Australia
Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) (2002 / 2005)
Agreement on Standards, Accreditation and Quality (1990)
Is there a need for new brands of electrical and gas appliances to be tested prior to importation under FTA’s to ensure they meet New Zealand’s safety requirements?