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China Drives Surge in New Zealand Exports

28 April 2017

CHINA & NEW ZEALAND - New Zealand exports rose by 11 per cent year on year in March, driven by a surge in exports to China, the government statistics agency said Friday.

Exports hit NZ$4.6 billion (US$3.16 billion) last month, said Statistics New Zealand.

Exports to China were valued at NZ$1.1 billion ($756.58 million), up 43 per cent, led by dairy and lamb products.

"China continues to be our top destination for goods exports, and accounts for a quarter of the total dairy exports value," international statistics manager Tehseen Islam said in a statement.

"This March, exports to China exceeded NZ$1 billion ($687.8 million) for the first March month since 2014."

The value of total dairy exports rose by NZ$250 million ($171.95 million), or 29 per cent, while the quantity rose 6.4 per cent.

Imported goods were valued at NZ$4.3 billion ($2.95 billion), up 7.6 per cent, giving New Zealand a trade surplus of NZ$332 million ($228.35 million), or 7.1 per cent of exports, in March.

This compared with an average surplus of 11 per cent of exports for the previous five March months.

The annual trade deficit for the year ended March was NZ$3.7 billion ($2.54 billion), compared with a shortfall of NZ$3.8 billion ($2.61 billion) in the year ended February.

In the quarter ending March, the value of imported goods rose 4.4 per cent from the previous quarter to NZ$13.6 billion ($9.35 billion), while the value of exported goods was up 2.4 per cent to NZ$12.2 billion ($8.39 billion).

The trade deficit in the March quarter was NZ$1.4 billion ($962.92 million), equivalent to 11 per cent of exports.

It was the 12th consecutive quarterly trade deficit and the largest since the September 2008 quarter.

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