There is a lot of talk about the role of business in our economy. But no one takes the time to explain how they work and what it means to you and me. In addition, free trade is now an integral part of the financial and investment systems. U.S. investors now have access to most foreign financial markets and a wider range of securities, currencies and other financial products. A fundamental principle for New Zealand is that any outcome in terms of services and investment must protect our government`s right to regulate for legitimate public policy purposes. Free trade agreements can facilitate visa access for New Zealand businessmen and our trading partners, which supports the development of our trade and economic relationships. Free trade agreements can once again underline the importance of maintaining and implementing competition law, transparency and due process with respect to competition policy cooperation and consultation/notification provisions, particularly where anti-competitive behaviour may have affected trade and investment between countries. For example, New Zealand often attempts to introduce rules to restrict and discipline certain categories of subsidies that are of particular importance, including those that harm our export markets or harm the environment, such as fossil fuel subsidies or unsustainable fishing practices.
On the other hand, some local industries benefit. They are finding new markets for their duty-free products. These industries are growing and employing more labour. These compromises are the subject of endless debate among economists. New Zealand is trying to ensure that the rules of origin are neutral, which means that they do not favour input producers over producers of finished products or favour one industry over another. We prefer the self-reporting of origin as the basis for the original research in the first instance under the free trade agreement. New Zealand is also seeking free trade agreements that improve the speed and transparency of customs procedures related to import, export, transit and transshipment, including the introduction of automated systems where possible. A free trade agreement can help both sides manage the risks of imported products more effectively and effectively and promote cooperation and cooperation to build strong institutional relationships to resolve specific trade issues.
Since WTO members are required to communicate their free trade agreements to the secretariat, this database is based on the official source of information on free trade agreements (called the WTO-language regional trade agreement). The database allows users to obtain information on trade agreements that are communicated to the WTO by country or theme (goods, services or goods and services). This database provides users with an up-to-date list of all existing agreements, but those that are not notified to the WTO may be lacking. In addition, reports, tables and graphs containing statistics on these agreements, including preferential tariff analysis, are presented.  Our FREI trading partners also benefit from these agreements.