Free Trade Agreements

Preferential Certificates of Origin (COs)

New Zealand exporters seeking tariff preference under the New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreements will be required to have a China Free Trade Agreement Certificate of Origin to accompany their consignment.

In order to take advantage of the preferential access that ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreements (AANZFTA) offer, exporters require an AANZFTA Certificate of Origin certified by an approved body. The Waikato Chamber of Commerce has extensive experience with Free Trade Agreement Certificates of Origin and can provide exporters with the support and resources they need to capitalise on the AANZFTA and New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement.

To be eligble for preferential treatment under the AANZFTA, goods must:

  • Fall within a description of products eligible for concessions in the importing part;
  • Comply with all relevant provisions of the Rules of Origin of the Agreement.

The Waikato Chamber of Commerce provide online (electronic stamping) Certificate of Origin services to speed up application and issuance processes as well as provide a more secure documentation environment. Electronic CO systems allow the Chamber to utilise security features such as online verification of authenticity and optical watermarking technology.

The issuance of electronic COs allows exporters to apply and receive approval automatically, saving travel and wait times and minimising courier and dispatch costs.

Countries which provide preferential treatment under the agreement establishing the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area include:

Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mayanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam   

The Waikato Chamber of Commerce offers its members discounted export service rates.

Please contact Julia at certificates@waikatochamber.co.nz or 07 839 8533