Parallel Imports

by on 11 September 2012

New Zealander’s rights to import and buy parallel imports could be restricted or lost totally, under new international “free trade” treaties.

It has been reported that negotiations for a new trade treaty, the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement ( TPPA), could affect New Zealand’s current laws surrounding parallel imports and that a change is being considered as a possible trade off in the negotiations.

If this were the case it would restrict the ability of importers, wholesalers to import genuine branded products, and as a result consumers would be paying more for a number of items currently imported under the parallel import scheme

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