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Top New Zealand Imports from the World
In 2017, New Zealand bought US$40.1 billion worth of imported products up by 1.2% since 2013 and up by 10.8% from 2016 to 2017.
Top 10 New Zealand Imports from China

China's exports to New Zealand amounted to
$7.7 billion or 19.3% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $1.5 billion
  2. Machinery: $1.4 billion
  3. Furniture, lighting, signs: $505.4 million
  4. Knit or crochet clothing: $400.8 million
  5. Clothing (not knit or crochet): $373.6 million
  6. Plastics: $364.6 million
  7. Iron or steel products: $314.2 million
  8. Toys, games: $278.3 million
  9. Vehicles: $206.5 million
10. Medical, technical equipment: $153.7 million
Top 10 New Zealand Imports from Australia

Australia's exports to New Zealand amounted to
$4.9 billion or 12.2% of its overall imports.

  1. Machinery: $313 million
  2. Vehicles: $305.2 million
  3. Electronic equipment: $243.3 million
  4. Other food preparations: $242.5 million
  5. Inorganic chemicals: $239.7 million
  6. Paper: $238 million
  7. Plastics: $210.8 million
  8. Cereal, milk preparations:$182.3 million
  9. Pharmaceuticals: $173.7 million
10. Cereal, milk preparations: $169.9 million
Top 10 New Zealand Imports from the US

America's exports to New Zealand amounted to
$4.3 billion or 10.7% of its overall imports.

  1. Machinery: $1 billion
  2. Vehicles: $549.9 million
  3. Aircraft, spacecraft: $538.6 million
  4. Medical, technical equipment: $338.8 million
  5. Electronic equipment: $223.1 million
  6. Plastics: $151.2 million
  7. Pharmaceuticals: $118.2 million
  8. Other chemical goods: $95.9 million
  9. Other food preparations: $85 million
10. Food waste, animal fodder: $81.3 million
Top 10 New Zealand Imports from Japan

Japan's exports to New Zealand amounted to
$3 billion or 7.4% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $1.9 billion
  2. Machinery: $475.3 million
  3. Electronic equipment: $92.9 million
  4. Mineral fuels including oil: $89 million
  5. Medical, technical equipment: $46.2 million
  6. Tanning, dyeing extracts: $38.6 million
  7. Rubber: $38.5 million
  8. Paper: $30.2 million
  9. Plastics: $26 million
10. Aluminum: $23.8 million
Top 10 New Zealand Imports from Germany

Germany's exports to New Zealand amounted to
$2.1 billion or 5.3% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $799.4 million
  2. Machinery: $507.8 million
  3. Pharmaceuticals: $135.3 million
  4. Electronic equipment: $105.1 million
  5. Medical, technical equipment: $97 million
  6. Plastics: $59.6 million
  7. Iron or steel products: $38.1 million
  8. Other chemical goods: $34.8 million
  9. Sugar: $32.6 million
10. Furniture, lighting, signs: $24.3 million
Top 10 New Zealand Imports from Thailand

Thailand's exports to New Zealand amounted to
$1.9 billion or 4.7% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $1 billion
  2. Machinery: $183.7 million
  3. Plastics: $132.8 million
  4. Electronic equipment: $58.6 million
  5. Rubber: $54.3 million
  6. Perfumes, cosmetics: $39.4 million
  7. Meat, seafood preparations: $38.6 million
  8. Gems, precious metals: $29.6 million
  9. Iron or steel products: $27.7 million
10. Cereal, milk preparations:$24.9 million
Top 10 New Zealand Imports from the UAE

United Arab Emirates' exports to New Zealand equaled $1.4 billion or 3.6% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $1.3 billion
  2. Plastics: $35.4 million
  3. Glass: $27.3 million
  4. Textile floor coverings: $5.5 million
  5. Machinery: $3.2 million
  6. Machinery: $2.8 million
  7. Iron or steel products: $1.6 million
  8. Cereal, milk preparations:$1.6 million
  9. Gems, precious metals: $1.5 million
10. Electronic equipment: $1.4 million
Top 10 New Zealand Imports from Korea

South Korea's exports to New Zealand amounted to
$1.4 billion or 3.5% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $436.6 million
  2. Vehicles: $334.1 million
  3. Machinery: $128.5 million
  4. Plastics: $65.9 million
  5. Iron and steel: $63.1 million
  6. Electronic equipment: $58.9 million
  7. Tobacco: $29.4 million
  8. Iron or steel products: $20.3 million
  9. Paper: $19.2 million
10. Fertilizers: $18 million
Top 10 New Zealand Imports from Singapore

Singapore's exports to New Zealand amounted to
$1.4 billion or 3.4% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $809.9 million
  2. Tobacco: $91.5 million
  3. Machinery: $83.1 million
  4. Other food preparations: $81.7 million
  5. Plastics: $63.5 million
  6. Paper: $42.6 million
  7. Electronic equipment: $38.4 million
  8. Medical, technical equipment: $26.4 million
  9. Clocks and watches: $20.7 million
10. Other chemical goods: $13.3 million
Top 10 New Zealand Imports from Malaysia

Malaysia's exports to New Zealand amounted to
$1.3 billion or 3.12% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $440.8 million
  2. Electronic equipment: $157.9 million
  3. Food waste, animal fodder: $93.5 million
  4. Machinery: $92.1 million
  5. Animal/vegetable fats and oils: $73 million
  6. Plastics: $56 million
  7. Fertilizers: $52.3 million
  8. Rubber: $29.6 million
  9. Paper: $28.2 million
10. Medical, technical equipment: $24.7 million
Top 10 New Zealand Imports from the UK

United Kingdom's exports to New Zealand equaled $1.2 billion or 3.08% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $389.7 million
  2. Machinery: $322.1 million
  3. Electronic equipment: $55.4 million
  4. Medical, technical equipment: $42 million
  5. Pharmaceuticals: $41.5 million
  6. Books, newspapers, pictures: $37.1 million
  7. Beverages: $36 million
  8. Plastics: $33.7 million
  9. Other chemical goods: $24.5 million
10. Perfumes, cosmetics: $19.4 million
Fastest-Growing New Zealand Imports 2017
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