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Census of international trade in services and royalties

Survey at a glance

Purpose Collects information on trade in commercial services and royalties
Population Approximately 6,000
Sample All are selected
Frequency Every 5 years
Results ITSS Census statistics

About the Survey

What is the purpose of the Census of International Trade in Services and Royalties (ITSS Census)?

The Census of International Trade in Services and Royalties collects information from all New Zealand businesses that trade services internationally. The data collected from this Census is used to benchmark the non-sampled estimate for the quarterly trade in commercial services and royalties component in New Zealand's balance of payment statistics. The results are also used to update the sample for the Quarterly International Trade in Services and Royalties Survey.

As well as being used in the compilation of New Zealand's balance of payments statistics, the data is used to inform New Zealand's international trade negotiations. The information helps businesses and policymakers to understand New Zealand's international trade in commercial services market, and the significance of New Zealand's commercial services revenue or expenditure as part of New Zealand's total international services revenue and expenditure.

Who is included in this census?

This is a census of all New Zealand businesses that either export or import commercial services and/or receive or make payments abroad for royalties. The New Zealand head office is asked to report for the whole of the New Zealand group, however, separate business units can report on their own activities where appropriate.

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About giving data

If our business is included in the census, who should complete the questionnaire?

Accountant.

How often does this census take place?

This census takes place once every five years.

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About your obligations

Why should I provide information to Statistics New Zealand?

Under the Statistics Act 1975 you must provide the information requested by Statistics NZ. It is also important that information from all of the businesses surveyed is accurately represented in the statistical results.

Will I be paid for providing information to Statistics New Zealand?

Providing information to Statistics NZ is a statutory obligation. There is no provision in the Statistics Act 1975 for people to be paid for providing information. Where possible, we request information in a way that is easily obtainable from business records. We also recognise that completing questionnaires can be time consuming. For some surveys, we provide survey respondents with information that can be useful for your business planning purposes. Results from all our surveys are available free of charge on the Statistics NZ website.

Do I have to complete this questionnaire?

Businesses selected for any Statistics NZ survey must provide the information requested. This is a legal requirement under the Statistics Act 1975.

We appreciate that it can be difficult and time consuming to complete questionnaires. If you would prefer to provide information by fax or by email, please phone our survey help desk on 0800 809 464 to discuss these options.
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About using information

Are results from the Census of International Trade Services and Royalties available?

Yes, free standard results are available from our website. See Balance of Payments and International Investment Position statistics, Census of International Trade in Services and Royalties and key results from other Statistics NZ surveys for more information.

Is statistical information available?

Many statistics are available free of charge from our website. You can get detailed information from our Customer Services staff by emailing info@stats.govt.nz, or by phoning your nearest Statistics New Zealand office. Our newsletters also contain information that you may find useful. The information available could assist you in business planning and monitoring business performance.

Does Statistics New Zealand have information useful for my business?

We can provide information that could help your business. For instance we have information that can help in:

  • assessing future population trends
  • economic monitoring
  • target marketing
  • profiling an area
  • estimating your market share
  • assessing consumer spending patterns
  • benchmarking your business.

Further explanation can be found in Business Helper, a web-based guide for business users. We can also provide statistics that enable a comparison of the results of your business with industry results. Contact our Information Centre for more information on Business Helper or on business profiling. Please phone 0508 525 525 (toll-free) or send an email to info@stats.govt.nz.

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