Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) service

Technical regulations and product standards may vary from country to country. Having many different regulations and standards makes life difficult for producers and exporters, not least because the compliance costs associated with meeting differing regulations and standards soon add up. If regulations are set arbitrarily, they could be used as an excuse for protectionism.

New Zealand is a Party to the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT). The TBT Agreement contains obligations which seek to ensure that regulations, standards, testing and certification procedures do not create unnecessary obstacles to trade.

As a WTO member, New Zealand is required to operate a national enquiry point to respond to TBT queries. Standards New Zealand operates the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Enquiry Point on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

WTO member governments are required to notify to the WTO any proposed measures that could constitute a technical barrier to trade. As part of our enquiry point service you are able to search for recently proposed TBT Notifications of measures that may have an impact on New Zealand’s trade in foreign markets. Often these notifications make reference to other documents such as draft or actual regulations or standards and, where possible, we have provided links to them. If you wish to obtain a copy of any documents that do not have a link please email us at wto@standards.govt.nz.

If you consider your trade to the notifying country may be affected by a proposed measure, you can contact the Trade Negotiations Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to raise your concerns.

Contact

Craig Radford
P 0800 782 632
E  wto@standards.govt.nz

Last updated 26 February 2016