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Top New Zealand Imports from the World
In 2018, New Zealand bought US$43.7 billion worth of imported products up by 2.8% since 2014 and up by 8.8% from 2017 to 2018.
Top 10 New Zealand Imports from China

China's exports to New Zealand amounted to
$8.6 billion or 19.7% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $1.7 billion
  2. Machinery: $1.5 billion
  3. Furniture, lighting, signs: $557.4 million
  4. Knit or crochet clothing: $416.1 million
  5. Plastics: $413 million
  6. Clothing (not knit or crochet): $401.4 million
  7. Iron or steel products: $353.6 million
  8. Toys, games: $294.9 million
  9. Vehicles: $278.1 million
10. Fertilizers: $155.3 million
Top 10 New Zealand Imports from Australia

Australia's exports to New Zealand amounted to
$5 billion or 11.5% of its overall imports.

  1. Inorganic chemicals: $324.7 million
  2. Machinery: $311.1 million
  3. Other food preparations: $263 million
  4. Paper: $255.7 million
  5. Electronic equipment: $237.3 million
  6. Vehicles: $235.3 million
  7. Plastics: $212.4 million
  8. Pharmaceuticals: $196.9 million
  9. Cereal, milk preparations:$192.2 million
10. Cereals: $168.4 million
Top 10 New Zealand Imports from the US

America's exports to New Zealand amounted to
$4.4 billion or 10.1% of its overall imports.

  1. Machinery: $1.1 billion
  2. Vehicles: $519.6 million
  3. Aircraft, spacecraft: $458.9 million
  4. Medical, technical equipment: $362.8 million
  5. Electronic equipment: $232.1 million
  6. Plastics: $156.1 million
  7. Pharmaceuticals: $140.3 million
  8. Food waste, animal fodder: $132.5 million
  9. Other food preparations: $95 million
10. Other chemical goods: $91 million
Top 10 New Zealand Imports from Japan

Japan's exports to New Zealand amounted to
$3 billion or 7% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $1.8 billion
  2. Machinery: $482.4 million
  3. Mineral fuels including oil: $232.8 million
  4. Electronic equipment: $81.6 million
  5. Medical, technical equipment: $43.9 million
  6. Rubber: $39.5 million
  7. Tanning, dyeing extracts: $37.5 million
  8. Paper: $26.5 million
  9. Plastics: $22.9 million
10. Iron or steel products: $15.3 million
Top 10 New Zealand Imports from Germany

Germany's exports to New Zealand amounted to
$2.2 billion or 5.1% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $675.9 million
  2. Machinery: $473.3 million
  3. Aircraft, spacecraft: $180.6 million
  4. Pharmaceuticals: $126.6 million
  5. Medical, technical equipment: $106.2 million
  6. Electronic equipment: $106.2 million
  7. Plastics: $66.3 million
  8. Iron or steel products: $41.5 million
  9. Other chemical goods: $40.2 million
10. Tanning, dyeing extracts: $24.5 million
Top 10 New Zealand Imports from S. Korea

South Korea's exports to New Zealand amounted to
$2 billion or 4.6% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $932.5 million
  2. Vehicles: $324.6 million
  3. Machinery: $144.1 million
  4. Iron and steel: $80.3 million
  5. Plastics: $68.1 million
  6. Electronic equipment: $59.4 million
  7. Ships, boats: $52.9 million
  8. Iron or steel products: $23.9 million
  9. Fertilizers: $21.3 million
10. Paper: $19.4 million
Top 10 New Zealand Imports from the UAE

United Arab Emirates' exports to New Zealand were $1.9 billion or 4.4% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $1.9 billion
  2. Plastics: $28.1 million
  3. Glass: $23.2 million
  4. Copper: $6.5 million
  5. Textile floor coverings: $6.2 million
  6. Man-made filaments: $3.4 million
  7. Electronic equipment: $1.8 million
  8. Cereal, milk preparations:$1.6 million
  9. Iron or steel products: $1.5 million
10. Machinery: $1.2 million
Top 10 New Zealand Imports from Thailand

Thailand's exports to New Zealand amounted to
$1.9 billion or 4.4% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $991.3 million
  2. Machinery: $210.4 million
  3. Plastics: $116.1 million
  4. Electronic equipment: $66.7 million
  5. Rubber: $58.8 million
  6. Perfumes, cosmetics: $54.8 million
  7. Meat, seafood preparations: $50.6 million
  8. Food waste, animal fodder: $27.3 million
  9. Iron or steel products: $26.8 million
10. Gems, precious metals: $26.2 million
Top 10 New Zealand Imports from Singapore

Singapore's exports to New Zealand amounted to
$1.5 billion or 3.4% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $915.8 million
  2. Other food preparations: $101.9 million
  3. Tobacco: $94 million
  4. Plastics: $67.7 million
  5. Machinery: $67.7 million
  6. Paper: $36.7 million
  7. Electronic equipment: $32.9 million
  8. Medical, technical equipment: $29.6 million
  9. Iron and steel: $15.8 million
10. Organic chemicals: $15 million
Top 10 New Zealand Imports from Malaysia

Malaysia's exports to New Zealand amounted to
$1.4 billion or 3.3% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $552.2 million
  2. Electronic equipment: $162.5 million
  3. Food waste, animal fodder: $138.7 million
  4. Machinery: $96.7 million
  5. Animal/vegetable fats and oils: $84.6 million
  6. Plastics: $62.2 million
  7. Fertilizers: $49.8 million
  8. Rubber: $32.7 million
  9. Paper: $29.1 million
10. Iron or steel products: $22.6 million
Top 10 New Zealand Imports from the UK

United Kingdom's exports to New Zealand were
$1.3 billion or 2.9% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $411.6 million
  2. Machinery: $301.8 million
  3. Electronic equipment: $56.4 million
  4. Medical, technical equipment: $43 million
  5. Pharmaceuticals: $42.8 million
  6. Beverages: $38.8 million
  7. Plastics: $36.4 million
  8. Books, newspapers, pictures: $32.1 million
  9. Other chemical goods: $28.7 million
10. Perfumes, cosmetics: $21.7 million
Fastest-Growing New Zealand Imports 2018
Research Note: 
Import numbers rarely match the source exporters’ stats. Reasons for import-export statistical discrepancies include re-exports, time lags, misallocations, distinct trade reporting systems, different quantity measurements and country confidentiality rules. Also, transportation and insurance costs are sometimes added to import totals.
Data source: Trade Map, International Trade Centre, www.intracen.org/marketanalysis