Trans-Pacific Partnership text released

  • 05/11/2015

The full text of the contentious Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal has been released.

New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade published the text late this evening on behalf of the 12 countries involved in the regional trade pact.

Trade Minister Tim Groser said New Zealand backed releasing the text as soon as all the necessary technical work to finalise the deal was done.

"I am pleased that this has happened and that the public will be able to thoroughly review the full text of the TPP well before it will be signed by governments," he said.

"This is a complex agreement, with 30 chapters and associated annexes.

"The large number of documents released today amount to over 6000 pages of text and market access schedules.

"Understanding the legal obligations of the TPP will require careful analysis of all documents, given the inter-relationship between many provisions in the agreement."

Legal verification of the text will continue in the coming weeks and it will also be translated into French and Spanish.