Navigating international markets

Here you can find Market-specific updates and information for trading with some of New Zealand’s largest markets. Stay up to date on important changes like import procedures that affect New Zealand and find support from our library of resources and internationally focused events.

Our current lens includes Egypt Customs changes, EU, UK & US access, Trans-Tasman Trade and the China Business Summit.

Irrespective of your target market, it’s important to tick the basics off first. Find out how to successfully grow your business, in any international market, below.

Trading with the EU and UK

The EU is New Zealand’s largest source of imports and our third-largest export market. The UK is our 6th largest trading partner and an important importer of New Zealand food products.

Since January 2021 exporting to the EU and UK requires New Zealand exporters to comply with separate regulatory authorities and entities. Points to consider when exporting to either the EU or UK and links to key agencies are available below.

Transtasman Trade

Trans-Tasman Trade

Australia is New Zealand’s closest trading partner, both in terms of geography and alignment of business expectations. Whilst both governments have committed to creating a seamless trans-Tasman economic environment (building on the foundation of the 1983 CER), entering the Australian market presents a number of challenges, not the least the different regulatory compliance regimes in each state.

Our Trans-Tasman website and contacts with Australian Chambers of Commerce support exporters with a platform and information to help identify future trading partners, in a trusted environment.

The USA

Are you ready to enter the US market and get established? Trading with the US market requires focus and commitment. This was emphasised by speakers at the Doing business with the US workshop held in March 2021, where they highlighted:

  • the necessity of making a full commitment, resisting the temptation of shortcuts
  • the importance of engaging specialist legal and accounting advisors located in the USA (often multiple) and
  • the benefit of working with targeted logistics providers.
USA
Egypt

Egypt

New import procedures for seafreight arriving in Egypt  mandatory from 1 October 2021.  New Zealand exporters are advised to register now.  Registration includes a validation process, so allow several days for the process.  Prepare ahead.

To ensure that you have the information you need and trade successfully, read the full breakdown of the key points below.

China Business Summit

Facilitated by NZ Inc, with the support of the Auckland Business Chamber, the China Business Summit brings together business leaders in the public and private sectors for a one-day event. In 2021, the seventh China Business Summit provided a unique business and political perspective on changes over the past year, and what that meant for New Zealand, China and the world.

For an overview of previous summits please click here.

China Business Summit

Contact our International team