Trade - Exports to all countries by item at 6-digit level 2007–2016

Stats NZ


Exports: All goods and services purchased by overseas residents from New Zealand residents. Merchandise exports (excluding re-exports) are goods of domestic origin exported from New Zealand to another country.
Re-exports: Merchandise exports that were earlier imported into New Zealand and have less than 50 percent New Zealand content by value.
Free on board (fob): The value of exported goods at New Zealand ports before export.
Country of destination: The country of final destination for exported goods.

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Limitations of the data

Aggregated Harmonised System (HS) codes may include confidential 10 digit codes, in which case the summed data will exclude the confidential value(s).


This specific dataset combines all countries of destination.


All confidential HS codes, or HS codes not traded for the month have been excluded.

Exports specifically exclude:
- goods consigned to New Zealand forces overseas or diplomatic representatives overseas
- goods consigned for modification or repair
- currency transactions in gold, silver, current coin
- consignments valued under $1,000
- second-hand clothing for foreign aid projects replacements, short-shipped or short-packed goods
- returnable containers and returnable samples
- aircraft parts for use in New Zealand aircraft overseas and unserviceable parts removed from foreign aircraft and being returned overseas
- temporary trade items and tourist effects leaving New Zealand.

Changes to data collection/processing

From January 2017, Stats NZ compile overseas merchandise trade (OMT) data using the Harmonised System classification (HS2017). However in this dataset the classification systems used are HS2007 (from 2007 to 2011) and HS2012 (from 2012 to 2016).

Data provided by

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Dataset name

Overseas Merchandise Trade: Exports HS10 2016


How to find the data

At URL provided, download all aggregated monthly import files from '2016 Exports' to '2007 Exports'. For processing purposes re-organised this data into one large spreadsheet and built four pivot tables. These pivot tables are annual. They each cover different levels of granularity of trade data (10-digit codes, 6-digit codes, 4-digit codes, and 2-digit codes). Quantities (such as kilograms, dozens etc) were only preserved for the 10-digit level.

Import & extraction details

File as imported: Overseas Merchandise Trade: Exports HS10 2016

From the dataset Overseas Merchandise Trade: Exports HS10 2016, this data was extracted:

  • Rows: 13,349-18,372
  • Columns: 2-31
  • Provided: 150,720 data points

Dataset originally released on:

May 24, 2017

About this dataset

Overseas Merchandise Trade statistics provide statistical information on the importing and exporting of merchandise goods between New Zealand and other countries. Merchandise trade includes goods which add to or subtract from the material resources in New Zealand as a result of their movement in or out of the country. Data is obtained from export and import entry documents lodged with the New Zealand Customs Service (NZCS).

Purpose of collection

The purpose of Overseas Merchandise Trade statistics is to provide statistical information on the importing and exporting of merchandise goods between New Zealand and other countries

Method of collection/Data provider

Stats NZ obtain data from export and import entry documents lodged with New Zealand Customs Service (NZCS).
They convert export values provided in foreign currencies by NZCS to New Zealand dollars (NZD), using weekly exchange rates when the statistics are compiled. For exports, a rise in the NZD has a downward influence on prices and, as a consequence, quantities and values reduce.