Imports to New Zealand plunged 16 percent year-on-year to NZD 4.8 billion in August of 2020, amid restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. Purchases dropped mainly for vehicles, parts & accessories (-36.8 percent); petroleum & products (-36.2 percent), and mechanical machinery & equipment (-14.3 percent). On the other hand, purchases of electrical machinery & equipment increased 6.5 percent. Among major trading partners, imports declined from China (-7 percent), the US (-22.4 percent), Australia (-12.5 percent) and Japan (-28.6 percent), but rose from South Korea (26.7 percent).

Imports in New Zealand averaged 1736.63 NZD Million from 1960 until 2020, 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. This page provides the latest reported value for - New Zealand Imports - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. New Zealand Imports - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on October of 2020. source: Statistics New Zealand

Imports in New Zealand is expected to be 4800.00 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 5150.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the New Zealand Imports is projected to trend around 5300.00 NZD Million in 2021 and 5400.00 NZD Million in 2022, according to our econometric models.

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New Zealand Imports

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
4764.13 4588.84 6133.86 37.85 1960 - 2020 NZD Million Monthly


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2020-06-24 10:45 PM May N$4.14B N$3.95B N$4.5B
2020-07-23 10:45 PM Jun N$4.64B N$4.11B N$ 4.3B
2020-08-25 10:45 PM Jul N$4.63B N$4.61B N$4.8B
2020-09-23 10:45 PM Aug N$4.76B N$4.59B N$4.6B
2020-10-22 09:45 PM Sep N$4.76B N$4.5B
2020-11-26 09:45 PM Oct
2020-12-18 09:45 PM Nov


News Stream
New Zealand Imports Plunge in August
Imports to New Zealand plunged 16 percent year-on-year to NZD 4.8 billion in August of 2020, amid restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. Purchases dropped mainly for vehicles, parts & accessories (-36.8 percent); petroleum & products (-36.2 percent), and mechanical machinery & equipment (-14.3 percent). On the other hand, purchases of electrical machinery & equipment increased 6.5 percent. Among major trading partners, imports declined from China (-7 percent), the US (-22.4 percent), Australia (-12.5 percent) and Japan (-28.6 percent), but rose from South Korea (26.7 percent).
2020-09-23
New Zealand Imports Plunge 18% YoY
Imports to New Zealand plunged 18 percent from a year ago to NZD 4.6 billion in July of 2020, amid lockdowns restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. Purchases dropped for vehicles, parts & accessories (-52.6 percent to NZD 365 million); petroleum & products (-70.3 percent to NZD 204 million); and aircrafts & parts (-77.7 percent to NZD 38 million). In contrast, purchases of electrical machinery & equipment increased 5.6 percent to NZD 479 million. Among major trading partners, imports from China climbed by 10 percent to NZD 1176 million, while purchases from Japan plunged 44.9 percent to NZD 228 million.
2020-08-25
New Zealand Imports Little Changed
Imports to New Zealand edged up 0.2 percent from a year ago to NZD 4.6 billion in June of 2020, amid lockdowns restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. Purchases dropped for vehicles, parts & accessories (-45 percent or NZD 297 million), petroleum & products (-45 percent or NZD 217 million), and mechanical machinery & equipment (-10 percent or NZD 70 million). In contrast, purchases increased by NZD 391 for ships and boats and by NZD 53 million for animal fodder. Among major trading partners, imports from China climbed by NZD 97 million to NZD 1.1 billion, whereas imports from the United States decreased by NZD 111 million to NZD 372 million.
2020-07-24
New Zealand Imports Plunge 25.6% YoY in May
Imports to New Zealand shrank 25.6 percent in May 2020 from a year ago to NZD 4.14 billion in May of 2020, following a 22.8 percent decline in the previous month, amid lockdowns restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. Purchases dropped for vehicles, parts & accessories (-60.9 percent to NZD 0.29 billion), petroleum & products (-56.2 percent to NZD 0.33 billion), and mechanical machinery & equipment (-24.6 percent to NZD 0.58 billion). Among major trading partners, shipments declined from the US (-29.7 percent), Australia (-17.1 percent) and the EU (-22.4 percent), but rose from China (1.8 percent) and South Korea (8.3 percent).
2020-06-24

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).

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