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New deal for Chinese visitors

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 19/04/2016

Chinese visitors are going to find it easier to get here and New Zealand exporters will have a streamlined system for sending their products to China under changes announced by the government.

Coinciding with Prime Minister John Key's trip to Beijing, Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse has released details of new eVisas for Chinese nationals applying online.

"There is now a complete online Chinese language application process, from registration to approval," he said on Tuesday.

"Later this year applicants will also be able to pay for online visa applications using China UnionPay debit and credit cards."

Mr Woodhouse says more than 355,000 Chinese citizens visited New Zealand last year and contributed more than $1.6 billion to the economy.

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner has announced a set of border clearance initiatives she says will make goods trade much easier.

A new electronic verification system is being set up in both countries.

"It will significantly reduce the risk of New Zealand goods being held up at the Chinese border because of minor technical issues," she said.

"New Zealand will be the first country to have a joint electronic verification system with China."

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