M8 Overseas trade

Released
01 March 2017 03:00 p.m.
Next release
01 June 2017 03:00 p.m.
Source
Statistics New Zealand
Periodicity
Quarterly
Data files
M8 (1990-current) (XLS 84.5 KB)
Export prices Import prices
Date (Index) (q/q%) (y/y%) (Index) (q/q%) (y/y%)
Previous years:
Dec 2014 1091 -1.8 -7.7 827 0.5 -2.8
Dec 2015 1044 -5.7 -4.3 818 -3.7 -1.1
Quarterly:
Mar 2016 1040 -0.4 -0.8 782 -4.4 -0.4
Jun 2016 1020 -1.9 -4.8 783 0.1 -1.0
Sep 2016 992 -2.7 -10.4 770 -1.7 -9.3
Dec 2016 1040 4.8 -0.4 764 -0.8 -6.6

The Data: Coverage, Periodicity, and Timeliness

Coverage characteristics

The overseas merchandise trade price and volume indexes measure changes in the levels of prices and the volumes of imports and exports of merchandise trade to and from New Zealand.

The statistics on trade in goods measures trade in physical items that can be bought or sold. Statistics New Zealand sources this data from export and import entry documents lodged with the New Zealand Customs Service by exporters, importers and their agents.

Merchandise export values and indexes are calculated using New Zealand dollar free on board (fob) values.

Merchandise import values and indexes use New Zealand dollar vfd values (the value of imports before insurance and freight costs are added).

Periodicity

Quarterly

Timeliness

Provisional merchandise trade indexes are available within nine weeks of the end of the reference quarter. Final indexes are released within 22 weeks of the end of the reference quarter.

Access by the public

Statistics release calendar

The Statistics Release Calendar is updated monthly and provides releases dates up to six-months ahead.

Integrity

Dissemination of terms and conditions under which official statistics are produced, including confidentiality of individual responses

The data has been reproduced with the permission of Statistics New Zealand.

Provision of information about revisions and advance notice of major changes in methodology

Revisions are generally published when a table is next due to be updated and released. New or revised data is in bold font.

Data is provisional for one quarter, to allow for the inclusion of late data and amendments to the merchandise trade source data.

Quality

Dissemination of documentation on methodology and sources used in preparing statistics

Data is sourced from Statistics New Zealand.

Prices (index)

The overseas merchandise trade price indexes measure changes in the price levels of imports and exports of merchandise trade to and from New Zealand.

Volumes (index)

The overseas merchandise trade volume indexes measure changes in the levels of volumes of exports and imports of merchandise trade to and from New Zealand

Values (NZD million)

The merchandise export values are calculated using New Zealand-dollar free on board (fob) values. Export fob values represent actual or estimated transaction prices of goods, including costs incurred in delivering goods on board ships and aircraft at New Zealand ports of export.

The merchandise import values use New Zealand-dollar vfd values (the value of imports before insurance and freight costs are added).

Symbols and conventions

0 Value rounded to zero
- Zero or not applicable
.. Not available
bold Revised/new
italics Provisional

General notes

  • Individual figures may not sum to the totals due to rounding
  • Percentage changes are calculated on unrounded numbers
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