New Zealand wine industry welcomes UK free trade agreement

09 May 2023 by
New Zealand wine industry welcomes UK free trade agreement

New Zealand Winegrowers has welcomed confirmation that the UK free trade agreement (FTA), will come into force on 31 May 2023.

Sarah Wilson, general manager of advocacy and general counsel at New Zealand Winegrowers, said: "The UK free trade agreement is very positive for the New Zealand wine industry. It will more closely align the winemaking standards across the two countries, and help reduce technical barriers to trade, by minimising burdens from certification and labelling requirements on New Zealand wine exports. It will also support future growth in the market and encourage exporters to focus on the UK."

The UK is New Zealand's seventh largest trading partner and second largest export market for wine. Exports totalled over $470m last year, equating to around £235m.

The FTA also encompasses other goods and products from New Zealand and its closest neighbour, Australia. Alongside wine, the agreement will see the removal of UK import tariffs on the majority of goods from Australia and New Zealand on items such manuka honey and kiwi.

Chris Stroud, marketing manager for New Zealand Winegrowers said: "With this [agreement], we hope it will encourage more producers to grow their business in the UK, which will enable more choice for the on-trade to show the diversity of wines available.

"The on-trade is an important showcase for New Zealand as the wines fit well on wine lists and match with a wide range of cuisines from around the world, so with increased choice and availability, it will allow more consumers to explore the depth of New Zealand wines when they dine out."

Stroud added that the common customs tariff will be cut by the deal.

Wilson said: "This agreement is especially significant at a time when we are facing increasing costs across the industry, and it will make a big difference for those who export to the UK market.

"We thank Ministers and officials for their support and conduct of ongoing negotiations over the past few years, during what have been challenging and uncertain times."

Image: John A Davis / Shutterstock

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