Trans-Pacific Partnership

Next steps

New Zealand released the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, on behalf of the 12 members of the TPP and in its capacity as Depositary of the Agreement, on 5 November 2015.

As with all New Zealand FTAs, TPP must go through the Parliamentary treaty examination process. The final text of the agreement, together with a National Interest Analysis, will be presented to Parliament for examination by the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee.

After that, the legislative changes required in order to implement TPP will go through normal Parliamentary procedures, including select committee scrutiny. The TPP agreement itself cannot be modified unilaterally by New Zealand, but there is some flexibility in the way various measures can be implemented through domestic legislation and regulation.

TPP is expected to come into force within two years, once countries have completed their domestic legislative procedures.

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