A free trade agreement with the European Union could be completed within three years, Trade Minister Todd McClay says.
Mr McClay, who is in Dubai, told Summer Report negotiations with the EU could start this year.
"New Zealand is one of only six WTO-member countries that hasn't got an FTA, or is not currently negotiating a Free Trade Agreement, with the European Union.
"All of the other counties around the world who we compete against have an advantage over us.
"We'll be, at the very least, looking to level that playing field."