Key facts on New Zealand-China trade

New Zealand and China are close trading partners. China is New Zealand’s largest trading partner, with two-way trade (exports and imports of goods and services) exceeding NZ$33 billion.

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China is the world’s second largest economy and most populous country. Its sizeable and growing middle class offers significant opportunities for New Zealand exporters and investors.

New Zealand exports to China.

New Zealand exports to China total $20.1 billion, comprising $16.7 billion in goods and $3.4 billion in services.

Goods exports

New Zealand's major goods exports include:

  • Dairy (milk powder, butter and cheese)
  • Meat products
  • Wood products
  • Preparations of cereals, flour and starch

Services exports

New Zealand's major services exports include:

  • Tourism
  • Education
  • Transportation services
  • Financial services

New Zealand imports from China

New Zealand imports from China are $13.3 billion, comprising $12.5 billion in goods and $800 million in services.

New Zealand's major imports from China include:

  • Electronics
  • Machinery
  • Clothing
  • Furniture

 Trade figures correct as at December 2019: Source Statistics New Zealand Trade Dashboard(external link)


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