What is the impact of the Country of Origin requirements on New Zealand products?

With the Country of Origin Food Labelling Information Standard 2016 becoming mandatory on 1 July 2018, the Australian Federal Department of Industry, Innovation and Science is insistent that the new laws will apply to New Zealand food products (despite a free trade arrangement between the two countries). What are the important impacts of the Country of Origin requirements on New Zealand products? This article explores the country of origin laws of both countries, addresses how the Australian laws will impact New Zealand products imported into Australia, and what effects this may have on our bi-national trading relationship.

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