Trans-Pacific Partnership

New Zealand's trade with the TPP region

The Asia-Pacific region is a key driver of global economic growth. Roughly half of international trade, and more than 70 per cent of New Zealand's trade and investment, flows through the region. New Zealand's future depends on its economic relationships with Asia Pacific countries.


New Zealand exports over NZ$28 billion of goods and services to the twelve original TPP countries each year, including five of our top ten trading partners (1st - Australia, 4th - the United States, 5th - Japan, 6th - Singapore, and 8th - Malaysia).

TPP would be New Zealand's first FTA with five countries, including the world's first and third largest economies, the US and Japan. New Zealand exports of goods and services to these five countries are worth over NZ$12 billion a year.


The negotiation process

Information and public consultations during the negotiation process were on MFAT's website. This site retains the "TPP Talk" updates provided during negotiations.

Conclusion of negotiations

Negotiations were completed on 5 October, 2015. Below are statements relating to the event:

TPP Leaders met in the margins of APEC in Manila on 18 November, 2015 to discuss next steps for TPP.

Signing event

The Trans-Pacific Partnership was signed in Auckland on February 4, 2016. Below are statements and resources relating to the event:


May 2016

TPP Ministers met in the margins of APEC in Arequipa on 17 May 2016 to discuss countries’ respective domestic ratification processes for TPP.

March 2017

Following the US withdrawal from TPP, representatives from the 11 remaining members met in March 2017 in Chile and agreed a joint statement.

New Zealand as Depositary

New Zealand is the Depositary of the Agreement. As Depositary, New Zealand is responsible for receiving and circulating specified notifications and requests made under TPP, as well as other responsibilities in helping to administer the Agreement.

See the TPP Depositary page [external link].

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