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Ambassador Kirk met today with New Zealand Minister of Trade Tim Groser. The two reviewed progress made during the eighth round of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks held last week in Chicago and discussed critical issues of mutual importance in the negotiations. Both Ministers expressed their shared commitment to continue working closely together to successfully reach the broad outlines of an ambitious, 21st-century agreement by the APEC Leaders' meeting in November.
Ambassador Kirk and New Zealand Minister of Trade Tim Groser
Additionally, Ambassador Kirk and Minister Groser discussed the ongoing and close relationship between the United States and New Zealand in APEC and their shared goals for the APEC 2011 initiatives as well as the upcoming WTO Ministerial meeting in December.
U.S. goods and services trade with New Zealand totaled $8 billion in 2009. The top U.S. export categories in 2010 were aircraft, machinery, special other, optic and medical instruments, and vehicles. Top U.S. exports of agricultural products to New Zealand included fresh fruit, live animals, and dairy products.