Additional volumes of New Zealand beef products can be exported to the European Union at 7.5% duty under the terms of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiated by both New Zealand and European Union Parliaments. This access enters into force on 1 May 2024.

The access commences at 3,333 tonnes in Year 1, increasing year on year in equal steps up to 10,000 tonnes in the 7th and subsequent years. The TRQ is designated in carcase weight equivalent (c.w.e.) and so a multiplier (coefficient) is applied to boneless products.

Imports within the Tariff Rate Quota (TRQ) are referred to as “in-quota” and are administered by the New Zealand Meat Board. 

Product imported outside the quota is subject to variable out-of-quota tariff rates. This is administered by the EU and collected at point of entry.

The Quota Year runs from 1 January to 31 December. Prior to the year’s start, the Board makes quota allocations to Qualifying Companies and New Entrants can apply for an allocation on a first come first served basis. This is done in accordance with the Quota Allowance Allocation System, which can be found on page 13 of the EU FTA Beef Tariff Rate Quota Manual.

How it Works

EU FTA Beef Tariff Rate Quota Manual

Here you will find details on the EU FTA Beef quota, including the specific EU Customs Tariff categories eligible under the EU FTA, and can download official forms. Once completed forms can be emailed to the Board.


Please note: The information provided on these pages is a summary of the provisions of the EU FTA Beef Tariff Rate Quota Manual, itself. In the event of any inconsistency between the Quota Manual and information on these pages, the Quota Manual prevails.

Current to 29 March 2024