The government has recently launched a new website called Trade Barriers to help exporters notify government of non-tariff barriers that are holding them back from competing effectively overseas.
These barriers can include a wide range of issues – from government policies, through to regulations that favour local suppliers. And they are costing New Zealand businessesbillions of dollars every year.
MFAT wants to work with businesses to tackle these barriers and make it easier for them to notify us. Part of this process is raising awareness of non-tariff barriers and the support that is available.
This website does not stop businesses from approaching relevant government agencies directly for support in this area, which we encourage. Rather, it is designed to remove the guesswork for those that are unsure about where to turn for help. Exporters can expect the same response whichever route they choose with an acknowledgement within two working days and work out next steps within six weeks.
Also see a background pack on non-tariff barriers, which includes some information on what government agencies are doing to address trade barriers along with some case studies of where industry and government have worked together to overcome trade barriers.