New Zealand’s current account balance switched to a NZD 1.83 billion surplus in the second quarter of 2020 from a NZD 1.47 billion deficit in the corresponding period of the previous year and compared with market expectations of a NZD 0.60 billion surplus. The goods account surplus widened to NZD 3.80 billion from NZD 0.91 billion a year earlier; and the primary income deficit narrowed to NZD 1.33 billion from NZD 2.41 billion. On the other hand, the services balance shifted to a NZD 0.30 billion shortfall from a NZD 0.29 billion surplus; and the secondary income gap increased to NZD 0.34 billion from NZD 0.27 billion in Q2 2019.

Current Account in New Zealand averaged -1057.20 NZD Million from 1971 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 1903 NZD Million in the first quarter of 2020 and a record low of -6651 NZD Million in the third quarter of 2019. This page provides the latest reported value for - New Zealand Current Account - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. New Zealand Current Account - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on September of 2020. source: Statistics New Zealand

Current Account in New Zealand is expected to be 1100.00 NZD Million by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Current Account in New Zealand to stand at -700.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the New Zealand Current Account is projected to trend around -2790.00 NZD Million in 2021 and -2400.00 NZD Million in 2022, according to our econometric models.

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New Zealand Current Account

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
1828.00 1903.00 1903.00 -6651.00 1971 - 2020 NZD Million Quarterly
Current Prices, NSA


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2019-12-17 09:45 PM Q3 NZ$-6.351B NZ$-1.03B NZ$-6.336B NZ$-4.3B
2020-03-17 09:45 PM Q4 NZ$-2.657B NZ$-6.260B NZ$-2.956B NZ$-3.9B
2020-06-16 10:45 PM Q1 NZ$1.56B NZ$-2.77B NZ$1.482B NZ$1.0B
2020-09-15 10:45 PM Q2 NZ$1.828B NZ$1.90B NZ$0.595B NZ$0.7B
2020-12-17 09:45 PM Q3 NZ$1.828B NZ$1.1B


News Stream
New Zealand Current Account Balance Swings to Surplus in Q2
New Zealand’s current account balance switched to a NZD 1.83 billion surplus in the second quarter of 2020 from a NZD 1.47 billion deficit in the corresponding period of the previous year and compared with market expectations of a NZD 0.60 billion surplus. The goods account surplus widened to NZD 3.80 billion from NZD 0.91 billion a year earlier; and the primary income deficit narrowed to NZD 1.33 billion from NZD 2.41 billion. On the other hand, the services balance shifted to a NZD 0.30 billion shortfall from a NZD 0.29 billion surplus; and the secondary income gap increased to NZD 0.34 billion from NZD 0.27 billion in Q2 2019.
2020-09-15
New Zealand Posts Largest Current Account Surplus in Over 3 Years
New Zealand’s current account surplus widened to NZD 1.56 billion in the first quarter of 2020 from NZD 0.72 billion in the corresponding period of the previous year and compared with market expectations of a NZD 1.48 billion surplus. It was the largest current account surplus since the third quarter of 2016, as the goods surplus increased to NZD 0.97 billion from NZD 0.21 billion a year ago. Also, the primary income gap decreased to NZD 2.21 billion from NZD 2.38 billion. On the other hand, the services surplus narrowed slightly to NZD 2.92 billion from NZD 3.04 billion and the secondary income shortfall went down to NZD 0.12 billion from NZD 0.14 billion.
2020-06-16
New Zealand Current Account Deficit Narrows in Q4
New Zealand’s current account deficit narrowed to NZD 2.66 billion in the fourth quarter of 2019 from NZD 3.61 billion in the corresponding period of the previous year and compared with market expectations of a NZD 2.96 billion gap. The goods shortfall declined to NZD 1.50 billion from NZD 1.84 billion a year ago and the services surplus rose slightly to NZD 0.97 billion from NZD 0.96 billion. Also, the primary income gap decreased to NZD 2.05 billion from NZD 2.71 billion. Meanwhile, the secondary income deficit went up to NZD 0.07 billion from NZD 0.02 billion. Considering full 2019, the country's current account gap went down to NZD 9.95 billion from NZD 11.52 billion in 2018. New Zealand's stats agency also reported that the economic impact of COVID-19 on New Zealand will first appear in the balance of payments statistics in the March 2020 quarter, to be released 17 June 2020.
2020-03-17
New Zealand Current Account Deficit Widens in Q3
New Zealand’s current account deficit widened to NZD 6.35 billion in the third quarter of 2019 from NZD 6.24 billion in the corresponding period of the previous year and compared with market expectations of a NZD 6.34 billion gap. The goods account gap increased to NZD 3.51 billion from NZD 3.20 billion a year ago, and the services account shortfall rose to NZD 0.48 billion from NZD 0.33 billion. Also, the secondary account deficit went up to NZD 0.17 billion from NZD 0.06 billion. Meantime, the primary income shortfall narrowed to NZD 2.19 billion from NZD 2.64 billion. The 12-month gap narrowed to NZD 11 billion from NZD 10.65 billion in prior period.
2019-12-17

New Zealand Current Account
Current Account is the sum of the balance of trade (exports minus imports of goods and services), net factor income (such as interest and dividends) and net transfer payments (such as foreign aid).