Doing business

ANZCERTA Tariff Finder

Find the applicable tariff under ANZCERTA for your product using DFAT’s online FTA Portal

Current business situation

New Zealand and Australia signed a Free Trade Agreement in 2009 with the ASEAN regional block of 10 countries. The ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA) aims to liberalise and facilitate trade in goods, services and investment between New Zealand, Australian and the ASEAN economies. It contains measures to improve the business environment and promote cooperation in a broad range of economic areas of mutual interest.

The Australia New Zealand Closer Economic Agreement (ANZCERTA) has been in place since 1983. The Closer Economic Relations (CER) between New Zealand and Australia is one of the most comprehensive, effective and World Trade Organization (WTO)-compatible free trade agreements in the world.

Building on CER, is the creation of a seamless trans-Tasman Single Economic Market (SEM) business environment. Previous work has been achieved around food standards, services protocol, free movement of people, trans-Tasman mutual recognition arrangement and investment protocol.

Business culture

In general, business etiquette is very similar to Australia. Face-to-face meetings are often very important to cement business relationships and prompt replies to enquires are critical.

Generally, visits should be planned well in advance allowing up to four weeks’ notice of an unsolicited meeting. Occasionally, visits can be organised with two weeks’ notice, but allowing additional time is advised to ensure a smooth program. Punctuality is very important. Austrade offers services with regard to the planning and scheduling of appointments.

New Zealanders often take holidays during school holiday periods and over public holidays (e.g. Easter and Christmas). Therefore visits during these times may not be productive.

Links and resources

Government, business and trade

New Zealand Companies Office
New Zealand Customs Department requirements
New Zealand Immigration Service
New Zealand Inland Revenue Department
New Zealand Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment
New Zealand Overseas Investment Office
New Zealand Treasury
Statistics New Zealand
The New Zealand Government
Trans-Tasman Business Circle

News and media

The New Zealand Herald

Please note: This list of websites and resources is not definitive. Inclusion in this list does not imply endorsement by Austrade. The information provided is a guide only. The content is for information and carries no warranty; as such, the addressee must exercise their own discretion in its use. Australia’s anti-bribery laws apply overseas and Austrade will not provide business related services to any party who breaches the law and will report credible evidence of any breach. For further information, please see foreign bribery information and awareness pack.