- New Zealand's total trade balance was a surplus of $3.7 billion in the year ended December 2016.
- Total exports of goods and services were $70.1 billion, while total imports were $66.4 billion.
- The top export destination was Australia ($12.8 billion), followed by China ($12.3 billion).
- The European Union ($11.7 billion) and Australia ($11.2 billion) were our main import sources.
- New Zealand sent $2.7 billion of dairy products to China in the December 2016 year – our largest export earner. This was up from $2.4 billion in 2015.
- Vehicles, parts, and accessories from Japan ($2.0 billion) and the European Union ($1.9 billion); and electrical machinery and equipment from China ($2.0 billion), were our three largest import expenses.
See tables section for more information.
See the interactive map: New Zealand’s goods and services trade for more information.
Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician
2 March 2017