Doing business with China is set to become even easier for Kiwis thanks to a new Joint Electronic Verification (JEV) system currently underway.
As of May 2016, the two countries' customs agencies have agreed to launch a series of new China-New Zealand border initiatives aimed at streamlining and accelerating customs clearance procedures.
Currently exporters and brokers are required to provide a Certificate of Origin to prove that their goods are of New Zealand Origin and to gain tariff preference.
Under the new Joint Electronic Verification System initiative, exporters will need to enter their unique Certificate of Origin reference number on their electronic export documents, which will then be matched to the electronic data shared between the two agencies.
Moving to an electronic verification system will make goods trade between our countries even easier, while significantly reducing the risk of New Zealand goods being held up at the Chinese border because of minor technical issues.
New Zealand will be the first country to have a Joint Electronic Verification System with China, which will be launched later this year.