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Top New Zealand Imports from the World
In 2016, New Zealand bought US$36.1 billion worth of imported products down by -5.6% since 2012 and down by -1.2% from 2015 to 2016.
Top 10 New Zealand Imports from China

China's exports to New Zealand amounted to
$7.2 billion or 20% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $1.4 billion
  2. Machinery: $1.2 billion
  3. Furniture, lighting, signs: $485.6 million
  4. Knit or crochet clothing: $412.9 million
  5. Clothing (not knit or crochet): $376.8 million
  6. Plastics: $325.8 million
  7. Iron or steel products: $280.4 million
  8. Toys, games: $249.4 million
  9. Vehicles: $164.3 million
10. Footwear: $156.2 million
Top 10 New Zealand Imports from Australia

Australia's exports to New Zealand amounted to
$4.5 billion or 12.6% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $308.8 million
  2. Machinery: $276.4 million
  3. Other food preparations: $237.5 million
  4. Paper: $225.9 million
  5. Electronic equipment: $225 million
  6. Plastics: $197.4 million
  7. Mineral fuels including oil: $189.4 million
  8. Inorganic chemicals: $185.6 million
  9. Cereal, milk preparations:$164.9 million
10. Pharmaceuticals: $163.8 million
Top 10 New Zealand Imports from the US

America's exports to New Zealand amounted to
$4.1 billion or 11.4% of its overall imports.

  1. Machinery: $873 million
  2. Aircraft, spacecraft: $726.4 million
  3. Vehicles: $442.2 million
  4. Medical, technical equipment: $336 million
  5. Electronic equipment: $205.3 million
  6. Plastics: $141.2 million
  7. Pharmaceuticals: $117.8 million
  8. Other chemical goods: $84.5 million
  9. Other food preparations: $84.4 million
10. Perfumes, cosmetics: $75.6 million
Top 10 New Zealand Imports from Japan

Japan's exports to New Zealand amounted to
$2.6 billion or 7.1% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $1.6 billion
  2. Machinery: $400.6 million
  3. Electronic equipment: $75 million
  4. Mineral fuels including oil: $71.7 million
  5. Live trees and plants: $48.7 million
  6. Medical, technical equipment: $46.8 million
  7. Rubber: $40.6 million
  8. Paper: $32.2 million
  9. Tanning, dyeing extracts: $28.7 million
10. Plastics: $27.5 million
Top 10 New Zealand Imports from Germany

Germany's exports to New Zealand amounted to
$1.8 billion or 4.9% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $645.5 million
  2. Machinery: $362.6 million
  3. Pharmaceuticals: $134 million
  4. Medical, technical equipment: $88.5 million
  5. Electronic equipment: $87.6 million
  6. Plastics: $55 million
  7. Other chemical goods: $31.2 million
  8. Iron or steel products: $30.5 million
  9. Furniture, lighting, signs: $23.5 million
10. Tanning, dyeing extracts: $20.1 million
Top 10 New Zealand Imports from Thailand

Thailand's exports to New Zealand amounted to
$1.6 billion or 4.5% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $855.5 million
  2. Machinery: $179.7 million
  3. Plastics: $101.2 million
  4. Electronic equipment: $51 million
  5. Rubber: $47.2 million
  6. Perfumes, cosmetics: $39.5 million
  7. Meat, seafood preparations: $34.6 million
  8. Gems, precious metals: $32.6 million
  9. Cereal, milk preparations:$22.9 million
10. Iron or steel products: $21.4 million
Top 10 New Zealand Imports from Korea

South Korea's exports to New Zealand amounted to $1.5 billion or 4.2% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $484.4 million
  2. Vehicles: $374.4 million
  3. Machinery: $107.1 million
  4. Electronic equipment: $85.5 million
  5. Plastics: $59.1 million
  6. Iron and steel: $48.5 million
  7. Live trees and plants: $45.4 million
  8. Ships, boats: $44.7 million
  9. Railway, tram equipment: $40.7 million
10. Rubber: $20.7 million
Top 10 New Zealand Imports from the UK

United Kingdom's exports to New Zealand amounted to $1 billion or 2.8% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $315.6 million
  2. Machinery: $206.9 million
  3. Books, newspapers, pictures: $47.6 million
  4. Electronic equipment: $46.5 million
  5. Medical, technical equipment: $41.4 million
  6. Pharmaceuticals: $41 million
  7. Beverages: $33.4 million
  8. Plastics: $32.1 million
  9. Other chemical goods: $19.4 million
10. Perfumes, cosmetics: $18.5 million
Top 10 New Zealand Imports from Singapore

Singapore's exports to New Zealand amounted to
$1 billion or 2.8% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $484.7 million
  2. Tobacco: $93.9 million
  3. Other food preparations: $75.6 million
  4. Machinery: $63.7 million
  5. Plastics: $59.6 million
  6. Electronic equipment: $41.6 million
  7. Paper: $38 million
  8. Medical, technical equipment: $24 million
  9. Clocks and watches: $22.3 million
10. Iron and steel: $8.4 million
Top 10 New Zealand Imports from Malaysia

Malaysia's exports to New Zealand amounted to
$936.6 million or 2.6% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $212.2 million
  2. Electronic equipment: $140.4 million
  3. Machinery: $86.2 million
  4. Food waste, animal fodder: $82.7 million
  5. Animal/vegetable fats and oils: $66 million
  6. Plastics: $48.6 million
  7. Rubber: $30.1 million
  8. Paper: $27.2 million
  9. Furniture, lighting, signs: $26.3 million
10. Medical, technical equipment: $25.2 million
Top 10 New Zealand Imports from France

France's exports to New Zealand amounted to
$806.8 million or 2.2% of its overall imports.

  1. Aircraft, spacecraft: $272.1 million
  2. Machinery: $76 million
  3. Beverages: $53.7 million
  4. Vehicles: $52.4 million
  5. Pharmaceuticals: $45.5 million
  6. Perfumes, cosmetics: $40.1 million
  7. Electronic equipment: $33.4 million
  8. Medical, technical equipment: $20.4 million
  9. Dairy, eggs, honey: $19.1 million
10. Plastics: $16.4 million
Fastest-Growing New Zealand Imports 2016
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