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International trade in services and royalties births survey (ITSS births survey)

Survey at a glance

Purpose Collects information on trade in commercial services and royalties
Population Approximately 1,000
Sample All are selected
Results Balance of Payments and International Investment Position statistics

About the survey

What is the purpose of the International Trade in Services and Royalties Survey (also known as ITSS Births survey)?

The key purpose of the ITSS Births survey is to determine the significance of exports and imports of services and receipts and payments for royalties by new businesses.

Who is included in this survey?

New businesses that export and import services and or receive or make payments abroad for royalties can be selected.


About giving data

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


How often does this survey take place?

The ITSS Births survey is normally conducted in the years when the Census of International Trade in Services and Royalties does not operate. Current practice utilises periodic births surveys and alternative means (including administrative data) to update the sample of enterprises selected to participate in the Quarterly International Trade Services and Royalties Survey.


About your obligations

Why should I provide the 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.


About using information

Are results from the ITSS Births survey available?

Yes, free standard results are available each quarter. See the Balance of Payments and International Investment Position statistics and key results from other Statistics New Zealand 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, 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

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