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Overseas Merchandise Trade: April 2012
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  24 May 2012
Key facts

For April 2012 compared with April 2011:

  • Exports were down $799 million (17 percent) to $3.9 billion, from a record high in April 2011.
  • Milk powder, butter, and cheese recorded the largest decrease.
  • Imports were up $3.7 million (0.1 percent) to $3.5 billion.
  • Mechanical machinery and equipment recorded the largest increase for imports, with petroleum and products recording the largest decrease.
  • There was a trade surplus of $355 million (9.1 percent of exports). 
  • The trend in exports has been falling since the recorded high in November 2011.     

Graph, Merchandise trend values, monthly, March 2006 to April 2012.

Geoff Bascand 24 May 2012
Government Statistician ISSN 1178-0320
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