Trade for prosperity

The UK-New Zealand FTA will remove trade barriers on a huge range of UK goods and services and provide new opportunities for British businesses.

Enabling data to flow freely 

This deal maintains the UK’s high standards on data protection while making sure data can flow freely between the two countries. It will ensure that businesses do not face unjustified barriers to data flows, such as the requirement to store their data in costly servers in New Zealand.

Supporting online trade

The deal recognises the central importance of digital trade to growth across all sectors of the economy. It supports and protects online shoppers, and it will also help UK businesses to trade with New Zealand in modern services such as finance, creative industries, architecture, law and professional services. The FTA also includes commitments to minimise spam and false descriptions of products in online marketplaces. 

Greater opportunity to do business 

The deal will cut red tape for the UK’s advanced tech and services companies and make it easier for smaller businesses to break into the New Zealand market. It does this by ensuring the legal validity of electronic contracts, electronic signatures and electronic authentication. It also provides a foundation for cooperation on electronic invoicing and digital identities.

Innovation and emerging technologies will be supported through cooperation between the UK and New Zealand. Businesses can have confidence that both countries are working together to ensure that unjustifiable barriers to digital trade are reduced.

Global leadership on climate and environment 

This deal includes a ground-breaking environment chapter that reaffirms the UK’s commitments to the Paris Agreement, including the temperature goals. 

The environment chapter includes ambitious commitments which go beyond precedent to support our climate change goals, including to end electricity generation from unabated coal, take steps to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies where they exist, and pursue an ambitious phase down of hydrofluorocarbons.  

 The deal also includes the most comprehensive list of environmental goods to date, with liberalised tariffs on entry into force, supporting both countries’ climate and environmental goals through trade policy. This could encourage trade and investment in low-carbon goods, services and technology, alongside other commitments in the chapter to strengthen cooperation in areas such as sustainable forest management, sustainable agriculture and marine litter.

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