New Zealand China Free Trade Agreement NZCFTA


NZ Customs Fact Sheets:

NZ Customs Fact Sheet 37 : NZCFTA Importing into New Zealand from China
NZ Customs Fact Sheet 38 : NZCFTA Exports to China from New Zealand


Full text of the NZ China Free Trade Agreement

Go to ‘Chapter 4’ for the “Rules of Origin and Operational Procedures”. This section explains how goods qualify as being of New Zealand Origin.

'Annex 5 Product Specific Rules of Origin' Schedule of Product Specific Rules applicable for exports to China to qualify for preference under the New Zealand China Free Trade Agreement

Decree of the General Administration of Customs of the People's Republic of China No.175:

Full text of Decree 175 : This document sets out the administrative procedures in China for goods imported from New Zealand under NZCFTA. Detail is provided regarding the supporting documents required by China Customs at the time of import.

Certificates of Non-Manipulation (CNM) Requirement

Under Article 25 of the NZCFTA and Article 14 of Decree 175 goods are required to be on a ‘direct consignment’ between the parties. China Customs have required Certificates of Non-Manipulation for consignments trans-shipped via intermediary countries.

Goods consigned on a ‘through’ Bill of Lading (stating both original port of loading in New Zealand and the final destination in the People's Republic of China) should not require a CNM. However, CNM are not issued retrospectively. Seek advice from your freight forwarder prior to goods leaving New Zealand and if necessary  ‘book’ an inspection at the interim port in advance of the goods arrival.

Hong Kong: Contact Hong Kong Customs

Singapore: Contact Singapore Customs

Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that Certificates of Non-manipulation will be accepted by China Customs under NZCFTA. The importer will need to make enquires at their local China Customs office.


Available six ports: Guangzhou, Nanjing, Qingdao, Shenzhen, Shanghai, and Tianjin.

The General Administration of China Customs (China Customs) and the New Zealand Customs Service established procedures in July2013 to allow for the clearance of New Zealand goods held in Special Customs Controlled Areas and Bonded Warehouses in China and declared for part release into the domestic market. Information on accessing Bonded Storage Facilities under NZCFTA