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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The New Zealand Trade and Industry Office in Taipei (NZCIO) announced that New Zealand and Taiwan have signed reciprocal customs arrangements that streamline the process of joint import and export.

According to NZCIO pers conference issued Tuesday, the new agreement “allows recognition” of the official economic operator (AEO) programs operating in the New Zealand and Taiwan markets. These programs “help exporters minimize customs delays at international borders and gain priority in recovery from trade disruptions.”

AEO New Zealand, “Safe Export Scheme,” meets the global supply chain safety standards set by the World Customs Organization, the press release stated. According to New Zealand Customs Service, partners from countries that are equally recognized as a “low security risk”.

NZCIO Acting Director Aimee Jephson said the scheme was another way to support Taiwan-New Zealand trade relations after a challenging year for exporters. Jephson noted that “This arrangement will help facilitate the movement of goods from New Zealand to Taiwan, by simplifying the necessary process with minimal intervention at both borders.”

New Zealand currently has similar arrangements with Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and the US

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