In March 2016, the U.S. government and the Peruvian government reached an agreement to remove barriers to U.S. beef exports to Peru, which had been in effect since 2003. The Association of South Asian Nations (ASEAN) which was founded in 1967 between Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand, the argument was that they could engage in political and economic encouragement and help them maintain regional stability.  New Zealand strives to implement the basic principles established in 2001 for the integration of environmental objectives into trade agreements, including the obligation not to use or weaken laws, policies, regulations and labour and environmental practices for protectionist purposes, in order to promote trade or investment. This can create opportunities for cooperation on labour and environmental issues of common interest related to trade and a robust consultation and dispute resolution mechanism to resolve issues or disputes between the parties. The most important outcomes of New Zealand`s trade agreements in environmental and labour relations are included in the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). A trade agreement signed between more than two parties (usually neighbouring or in the same region) is considered multilateral. They face the main obstacles – to content negotiation and implementation.
The more countries involved, the more difficult it is to achieve mutual satisfaction. Once this type of trade agreement is governed, it will become a very powerful agreement. The larger the GDP of the signatories, the greater the impact on other global trade relations. The largest multilateral trade agreement is the North American Free Trade Agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico.  The Doha Round would have been the world`s largest trade agreement if the United States and the EU had agreed to reduce their agricultural subsidies. As a result of its failure, China has gained ground on the world`s economic front through cost-effective bilateral agreements with countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. New Zealand`s overall objective in all free trade negotiations is to create a modern, high-quality, comprehensive, forward-looking, trade-oriented agreement that will facilitate the growth and development of our trade and investment relations with our trading partners.