In early November 2019, New Zealand and China agreed to update their free trade agreement. New provisions include facilitating exports to China, improving China`s commitment to environmental standards, and granting New Zealand preferential access to trade in timber and paper with China. In return, New Zealand will ease visa restrictions for Chinese guides and Chinese language teachers.   Goods may be transported and preferred by a non-contracting party to the Agreement. However, the goods may not enter the trade or activity of another Party, nor may they undergo certain operations other than unloading, transhipment, repackaging and other processes necessary to keep the goods in good condition while in transit through that non-Party. A lobby group worried about a major trade deal signed tonight by New Zealand says the Covid-19 pandemic offers a strong reason to abandon such deals. For more information on the rules of origin and the application of this Agreement, please see Fact Sheet 30 – Thailand Closer Economic Partnership Agreement (PDF 262 KB). For more information on the Thai CEP, visit the AMFT website. 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. Sam McIvor, chief executive of Beef and Lamb, said it would help deepen cooperation and strengthen trade in the region. For most goods, goods originating in New Zealand under this Agreement need not be accompanied by a certificate of origin issued by a certification body. The deal was welcomed by a number of New Zealand exporters, including dairy cooperative Fonterra and the New Zealand Seafood Industry Council, while others, such as appliance maker Fisher & Paykel, said the deal would lead to fiercer competition with cheaper Chinese products.   The New Zealand Trade Union Council rejected the inclusion of labour in the trade agreement, on the grounds that there is potential for exploitation and under-remuneration of China`s skilled workforce.  The New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement (NZCFTA) entered into force on 1 October 2008. New Zealand was the first OECD country to sign a comprehensive free trade agreement with China. Singapore is also a party to the ASEAN-Australia Agreement on the New Zealand Free Trade Area (AANZFTA), the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership (P4) and the Transatlantic and Progressive Partnership Agreement (TPSPP). . . .