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Thailand New Zealand Free Trade Agreement

2. Each Party shall ensure the transparency of its non-tariff measures permitted in paragraph 1 and shall ensure that such measures are not prepared, adopted or applied with a view to or with the effect of creating unnecessary barriers to trade between the Parties. The chapter on trade in services provides that the two countries may enter into negotiations on trade in services within three years of the entry into force of the agreement. In the meantime, each country would make it easier for nationals of the other country to travel to work and/or do business within its borders. New Zealand has agreed to allow Thai chefs certified by the Skills Development Department of the Thai Ministry of Labour to work in the country under contract for up to a period of 3 years, with a further extension of 1 year. New Zealand businessmen can apply for a multiple-entry visa at Thai embassies/consulates abroad for up to 90 days in order to participate in meetings and complete transactions. New Zealand businessmen also have access to the “single service centre” for various necessary authorizations and documents, a comfort that was previously limited to companies with assets of more than $30 million. (See supporting letters concerning the temporary entry of New Zealand businessmen into Thailand and the temporary entry of Thai cooks into New Zealand) 4. Each Party may take or maintain such measures as may be necessary for the administration of a tariff quota defined in its customs regulations, including the granting of access to that possibility. The tax on the remaining lines will decrease over a period of 12 years.

Information on the rules of origin applicable to imports from Chinese Taipei and exports to Chinese Taipei can be found in Fact Sheet 48 (PDF 346 KB). 3. In recognition of the trade-distorting nature of export subsidies and in accordance with their rights and obligations under the WTO Agreement on Agriculture, no Contracting Party may import or maintain export subsidies of agricultural goods destined for the territory of the other Party. The importer may choose the form of the proof of origin which he requires from the exporter or producer, provided that it contains all the necessary data elements. A sample instruction is available to merchants if they wish. A guide to the existing free trade agreement with ASEAN and Australia and updates to AANZFTA. Thailand is also a party to the AANZFTA agreement. Distributors should consider the most appropriate agreement for their imported/exported products.

Timetable: Negotiations started in June 2004 and the agreement was signed in April 2005. The ECP came into force in July 2005. . . .