NZ trade balance in surplus

Trade figures NZ Jan 16New Zealand’s January trade balance was $8m surplus which is a lot better than the anticipated $271m deficit. Some of the key points:

  • Exports $200m stronger than expectations
  • Imports were down $60m than expectations
  • The lower NZ$ has helped boost trade – exports more price competitive and imports more expensive.
  • Encouraging signs for forestry and fruit
  • Expansion of capital imports which is indicative of robust domestic demand
  • Oil imports reflect lower international prices – oil imports have fallen over $2bn over the past two years. However this has been offset by a reduction in dairy prices.

Tourism Sector

This has been a booming sector with January arrivals 14% higher than this time last year. Chinese tourists have been the main reason for this as arrivals from China have been setting a strong underlying pace in the region of 30-40% for many months now. The graph below shows visitor arrivals since 1983 and expect a blip next year with the British Lions Tour.

Visitor Arrivals

Source: BNZ Economy Watch – 26th February 2016

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