Technical Barriers to Trade service website and email alerts

12/07/2010

7 July 2010

In June, a new section of the Standards New Zealand website was launched to support our Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) services.

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

'The TBT agreement contains obligations to ensure that technical regulations, standards, and testing and certification procedures do not create unnecessary obstacles to trade,' says Standards Solutions Specialist Craig Radford who manages the TBT services.

Site visitors can 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. Where possible, Standards New Zealand has provided links to referenced documents. Copies of any documents that do not have a link can be obtained by emailing wto@standards.co.nz.

The site also includes general information on trade barriers, New Zealand's obligations under the TBT agreement, and a link to the full text of the TBT agreement. Site visitors can also sign up for email alerts about new TBT notifications.

Visit Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) service at http://www.standards.co.nz/services/trade-barriers to learn more.

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