Total goods exports fell $608 million (13 percent) to $3.9 billion in February 2015 compared with February 2014.
Milk powder, butter, and cheese exports led the fall, down 41 percent ($647 million) from February 2014, due to lower prices and a 10 percent fall in quantities exported. Over three-quarters of the drop in value was due to falling exports to China.
Annual dairy export values are still coming down from the highest annual level, which was in mid-2014, but quantities exported have remained fairly stable. Annual values are now 16 percent lower than for the year ended August 2014 and are at similar levels to late 2013.
Meat values rose $78 million (12 percent) compared with February 2014. Frozen beef to the United States continues to push meat export values to new highs.
Imports rose $139 million (3.7 percent), to $3.9 billion. Consumption goods (such as clothing) led the rise, up 14 percent. Machinery and plant equipment in the capital goods category rose 13 percent, led by mobile phones (personal and business use).