Imports to New Zealand rose 2 percent from a year ago to NZD 5,981 million in November 2019, after declining 1.4 percent in October, boosted by purchases of mechanical machinery & equipment (12.7 percent to NZD 879 million); vehicles, parts & accessories (10 percent to NZD 709 million) and oil & related products (5 percent to NZD 604 million). In contrast, acquisitions fell mostly for electrical machinery & equipment (-0.7 percent to NZD 558 million); textiles & textiles articles (-4.3 percent to NZD 239 million) and plastic & plastic articles (-7.8 percent to NZD 224 million). By destination, imports increased mainly from China (1.9 percent), the US (18 percent), Japan (14.8 percent) and Germany (5.3 percent). In contrast, purchases from Australia decreased 6.1 percent. Imports in New Zealand averaged 1700.44 NZD Million from 1960 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 6133.86 NZD Million in October of 2018 and a record low of 37.85 NZD Million in April of 1962. source: Statistics New Zealand

Imports in New Zealand is expected to be 5400.00 NZD Million by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Imports in New Zealand to stand at 6100.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the New Zealand Imports is projected to trend around 5400.00 NZD Million in 2020, according to our econometric models.

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New Zealand Imports
Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
5980.60 6046.07 6133.86 37.85 1960 - 2019 NZD Million Monthly


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2019-09-24 10:45 PM Aug N$5.69B N$5.66B N$6B
2019-10-22 09:45 PM Sep N$5.71B N$5.71B N$6.1B
2019-11-26 09:45 PM Oct N$6.05B N$5.68B N$5.8B
2019-12-18 09:45 PM Nov N$5.98B N$6.05B N$6B
2020-01-29 09:45 PM Dec N$5.98B N$5.4B


News Stream
New Zealand Imports Drop 1.4% YoY in October 2019-11-26
Imports to New Zealand fell 1.4 percent year-on-year to NZD 5774 million in October 2019, following a 2.6 percent decline in the previous month, mainly due to lower purchases of vehicles, parts & accessories (-9.4 percent to NZD 656 million) and pharmaceutical products (-13.5 percent to NZD 124 million). In contrast, purchases of mechanical machinery and equipment jumped 9.7 percent to NZD 947 million and those of electrical machinery and equipment 6.9 percent to NZD 581 million. By destination, imports declined from Japan (-16.4 percent), and China (-6.8 percent); while increased from the US (10.6 percent), Australia (3.3 percent) and the EU (1 percent).

New Zealand Imports Slide in September 2019-10-22
Imports to New Zealand fell 2.1 percent over a year earlier to NZD 5710 million in September 2019, following a 3.0 percent gain in August, mainly due to lower purchases of petroleum & products (-33.9 percent to NZD 492 million) and aircraft and parts (-47.7 percent to NZD 170 million). On the other hand, sales advanced for mechanical machinery and equipment (18.4 percent to NZD 843 million); textiles (10.9 percent to NZD 262 million); and vehicles (7.5 percent to NZD 810 million). Among major trading partners, imports rose from Japan (18.1 percent), China (5 percent) and the EU (15 percent), while declined from the US (-25.8 percent) and Australia (-6.5 percent).

New Zealand Imports Rise 2.7% YoY 2019-09-24
Imports to New Zealand went up 2.7 percent year-on-year to NZD 5,691 million in August 2019, following a 2.1 percent gain in July, driven by higher purchases of mechanical machinery and equipment (7 percent to NZD 824 million) and petroleum and products (9.8 percent to NZD 647 million). On the other hand, imports dropped for vehicles, parts and accessories (-8.4 percent to NZD 755 million) and aircraft and parts (-54.4 percent to NZD 40 million). Among major trading partners, imports rose from Australia (5.2 percent), China (4.9 percent), and the US (0.8 percent), while dropped from Japan (-17.8 percent), the EU (-0.6 percent) and Thailand (-7.4 percent).

New Zealand Imports Fall 10% YoY in June 2019-07-23
Imports to New Zealand decreased 10 percent year-on-year to NZD 4.65 billion in June 2019, after rising an upwardly revised 8.1 percent in the prior month, well below expectations of NZD 5.20 billion. Purchases were mainly dragged by petroleum & products, down 39.4 percent to NZD 0.49 billion, due to a planned maintenance shutdown of the Marsden Point oil refinery in the same month of 2018. Also, imports of vehicles declined 16.4 percent to NZD 0.66 billion, namely motor vehicles and trucks & vans and ships, boats, and floating structures. In contrast, purchases of electrical machinery & equipment rose 4.6 percent to NZD 0.41 billion. Among major trading partners, imports went down from Japan (-30.7 percent); the EU (-12.5 percent); and United Arab Emirates (-64.9 percent), while increased from the US (3.2 percent) and Australia (2.1 percent).

New Zealand Imports Rise More than Expected 2019-06-24
Imports to New Zealand advanced 7.6 percent year-on-year to NZD 5.54 billion, after rising 7.4 percent in the prior month, beating expectations of NZD 5.40 billion. Purchases were mainly boosted by petroleum & products, up 47.8 percent to NZD 0.72 billion, due to a planned maintenance shutdown of the Marsden Point oil refinery in the same month of 2018; aircraft and parts (87.5 percent); and mechanical machinery and equipment (4.6 percent). On the other hand, imports of vehicles were down 19.9 percent to NZD 0.74 billion and purchases of electrical machinery & equipment declined 4.0 percent to NZD 0.44 billion. By country of origin, imports rose from Australia (8.2 percent), the US (8.1 percent), China (5.1 percent), and the EU (3.5 percent).

New Zealand Imports Rise 7.3% YoY in April 2019-05-23
Imports to New Zealand went up 7.3 percent year-on-year to NZD 5.11 billion in April 2019, after declining 3.5 percent in the prior month. Imports advanced mostly boosted to higher purchases of aircraft & parts (231.4 percent to NZN 0.19 billion); mechanical machinery & equipment (0.9 percent to NZN 0.69 billion); electrical machinery & equipment imports (22.1 percent to NZD 0.45 billion); textiles (15.4 percent to NZn 0.23 billion); and plastic & plastic articles (17.3 percent to NZN 0.20 billion). In contrast, purchases of vehicles, parts & accessories declined 21.8 percent to NZD 0.71 billion, due to an unusually high level in April 2018 when two additional vehicle carriers were unloaded, after shipment delays. By country of origin, imports rose from China (19.2 percent), the EU (18.8 percent), and Australia (17.8 percent), but decreased from Japan (-31.9 percent), South Korea (-13.2 percent) and the US (-6.6 percent).


New Zealand Imports
New Zealand imports mainly vehicles (13 percent), nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances (13 percent), fuels (10 percent), electrical machinery and equipment (8 percent), plastics (4 percent) and aircraft, spacecraft (4 percent). Its major import partners are: China (20 percent of total imports), Australia and the US (12 percent each), Japan (7 percent), Germany (5 percent), Thailand and South Korea (4 percent each).

New Zealand Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade -752.57 -1039.24 1157.64 -1641.63 NZD Million [+]
Current Account -6351.00 -1037.00 1737.00 -6351.00 NZD Million [+]
Current Account to GDP -3.60 -3.00 -0.10 -8.90 percent [+]
Imports 5980.60 6046.07 6133.86 37.85 NZD Million [+]
Exports 5228.03 5006.83 5742.63 19.68 NZD Million [+]
External Debt 294466.00 284710.00 294466.00 67673.00 NZD Million [+]
Terms of Trade 1462.00 1435.00 1472.00 796.00 points [+]
Capital Flows 5828.00 -291.00 7263.00 -3332.00 NZD Million [+]
Foreign Direct Investment 909.00 4526.00 4526.00 -7322.00 NZD Million [+]
Tourist Arrivals 283834.00 261770.00 529255.00 40.00 [+]
Terrorism Index 0.14 0.29 1.19 0.00 [+]
Weapons Sales 6.00 4.00 75.00 1.00 USD Million [+]
Crude Oil Production 23.00 23.00 72.00 15.00 BBL/D/1K [+]
Global Dairy Trade Price Index 2.80 -5.10 22.60 -14.00 percent [+]


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