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Imports and exports

Imports 

Petroleum and petroleum products are New Zealand’s largest imports, followed by mechanical machinery and equipment. Australia contributes 19 percent of New Zealand’s total import value, followed by China with 15 percent of imports.

Main import commodities

 2010  2005
 
NZ$(million)
Petroleum and products  6,466  4,019
Mechanical machinery and equipment  4,776  4,906
Vehicles, parts, and accessories 3,684  5,463
Electrical machinery and equipment  3,467(1)  3,223
Textiles and textile articles  1,889  1,652
Plastics and plastic articles  1,547  1,382
Optical, medical, and measuring equipment 1,297  1,094
Pharmaceutical products 1,117 875
Total – all commodities  40,079  35,793
 

Main countries of origin

   
Australia 7,785  7,933
China, People’s Republic of  6,119  3,673
United States of America  4,141  3,641
Japan  2,785  3,924
Germany  1,620  1,848
Total – all countries  40,079 35,793
1. Values exclude confidential data.

Exports

Milk powder, butter, and cheese are New Zealand’s largest exports, followed by meat and edible offal. Australia is the largest market for exports, with almost a quarter of total exports and over twice the value of exports as China – New Zealand’s second-largest market.

Main export commodities

   2010  2005
 
     NZ$(million)
Milk powder, butter, and cheese  8,841  4,924
Meat and edible offal  5,058  4,577
Logs, wood, and wood articles  2,638  1,984
Crude oil  2,126  389
Mechanical machinery and equipment  1,647  1,628
Fruit  1,489  1,212
Fish, crustaceans, and molluscs  1,231  1,134
Aluminium and aluminium articles  1,065  1,053
Total – all commodities  40,672  30,618
 

Main destinations

   
Australia  9,651  6,507
China, People’s Republic of  4,109  1,587
United States of America  3,556  4,295
Japan  3,070  3,446
United Kingdom  1,567  1,436
Total – all countries  40,672  30,618
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