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Access to export markets

Government procurement typically represents 14-20 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in most developed countries. It is important that New Zealand businesses are able to access and compete on an even footing in global government procurement markets.

The New Zealand Government facilitates this through free trade agreements with other countries, making it easier for businesses to sell to foreign governments. We agree the contract opportunities that will be available to New Zealand suppliers and the basic procurement procedures that will be used.

New Zealand is party to a number of agreements currently in force, which contain provisions on government procurement. 

Agreements currently in force

  • Australia New Zealand Government Procurement Agreement [1.47 MB PDF]
  • ANZTEC - The Agreement between NZ and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen, and Matsu on Economic Cooperation
  • New Zealand-Hong Kong, China Closer Economic Partnership
  • New Zealand-Singapore Closer Economic Partnership
  • Trans Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership (P4) Agreement

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT)’s website has the full details on these agreements, as well as agreements currently under negotiation.

Look at tendering sites of our free trade partners for overseas contract opportunities.

World Trade Organization Agreement (WTO) on Government Procurement (GPA)

New Zealand officially becomes a party to the GPA on Wednesday 12 August 2015.

The GPA is a multi-national agreement within the framework of WTO that WTO members can apply to be part of. The fundamental aim of the GPA is to mutually open government procurement markets among its parties.

The GPA establishes open, fair, transparent conditions of competition in the government procurement markets covered by the agreement. As of November 2014, 43 WTO economies are party to the GPA, including the United States, Canada, Japan, Singapore, Korea, Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei, and the European Union.

In October 2014, the GPA Parties agreed the terms of New Zealand’s accession. New Zealand is now completing the Parliamentary treaty examination process.

Further reading

Last updated 14 July 2015

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New Zealand Government Procurement
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
PO Box 1473