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Overseas Merchandise Trade: December 2013
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  31 January 2014
Key facts

December 2013 year:

Values are actual and compared with the December 2012 year.

  • Exports rose 4.4 percent (to $48.1 billion), led by milk powder.
  • China was our top export destination for the year ended December.
  • Imports rose 2.4 percent (to $48.3 billion), led by vehicles, parts, and accessories.

December 2013 quarter:

Values are seasonally adjusted and compared with the September 2013 quarter. 

  • Exports rose 10 percent (to $13.4 billion).
  • Imports fell 2.8 percent (to $12.3 billion).
  • There was a trade surplus of $1.1 billion (8.0 percent of exports).
  • The trend for both exports and imports has been increasing in recent quarters.

December 2013 month:

Values are actual and compared with the December 2012 month.

  • Exports rose 16 percent (to $4.8 billion), led by milk powder.
  • Imports rose 19 percent (to $4.2 billion).
  • There was a trade surplus of $523 million (11 percent of exports).

 Graph, Merchandise trend values, quarterly, December 2007 to December 2013.

Liz MacPherson 31 January 2014
Government Statistician ISSN 1178-0320
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