Minister welcomes passage of Korea FTA Bill

  • Tim Groser

Trade Minister Tim Groser has welcomed the passing of the Tariff (Free Trade Agreement between New Zealand and the Republic of Korea) Amendment Bill in Parliament today.

“Under this FTA, approximately 98 percent of tariffs on New Zealand’s current exports to Korea will be progressively eliminated,” says Mr Groser.

“This FTA will play an important role in strengthening the relationship between New Zealand and Korea. It delivers significant benefits across a range of areas including goods, services, and investment by breaking down trade barriers, facilitating the movement of goods and services, and establishing a framework for resolving any trade-related issues in the future.

“Korea is one of our most important trading partners. The lack of a formal FTA with Korea has restricted trade growth and put New Zealand at a distinct disadvantage relative to Korea’s current FTA partners.

“The passage of this Bill will address that imbalance by levelling the playing field for New Zealand businesses in the Korean market.

“This FTA is a significant milestone on the path to entry-into-force. The government of Korea is in the process of completing its own internal approval processes. We are working with them to ensure early entry-into-force of the agreement,” says Minister Groser.