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ExportNZ Welcomes Trade Missions And Trade Focus

ExportNZ welcomes Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern’s
announcement today that she will be leading a trade mission
to Australia in July and that Trade Minister Damien
O’Connor will be heading to the UK and Brussels in June to
pursue the FTA negotiations with the EU and the

Executive Director of ExportNZ, Catherine Beard
said exporters will be very keen to get back into
international travel as soon as they can and Australia is a
good start.

Ms Beard says there have also been
increasing calls from exporters to allow those that have
critical outbound travel (e.g. technical installation of
complex machinery for an overseas customer) to get an early
vaccine, now that most of the critical workers have been
vaccinated. “There is a niche group of exporters that have
to send staff overseas and they are wanting to protect them
as much as they can, so we are asking the Government for
some prioritisation for these exporters”.

Beard says feedback from exporters for the additional
support they have been getting from New Zealand Trade and
Enterprise is very positive and they are

ExportNZ also urges Minister O’Connor to
negotiate hard for a high-quality free trade agreement with
both the UK and the EU, which should include tariff
elimination on goods exports and a reduction of non-tariff
barriers. “As all our economies seek to recover from a
global pandemic, fair and free trade will be a big part of
the solution if we do it

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